Former Arsenal player explains why Spurs fans should be worried

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Tottenham Hotspur have had to play second fiddle to North London rivals for the majority of the Premier League era.

While the Woolwich have gone on to win the Premier League on three separate occasions and lifted the FA Cup seven times under former boss Arsene Wenger, Spurs have failed to hit the same heights (transfermarkt).

In recent seasons, the power shift has started to shift to the white half with Mauricio Pochetino having guided Spurs to four successive top four finishes and Champions League football while Arsenal have had to make do with Thursday night Europa League action.

Tottenham moved into their brand new state of the art stadium in April of last year with Arsenal having left Highbury for the Emirates in 2006 and going through a period of austerity in the transfer market for a number of years since (inews).

Former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves believes that Spurs fans should be concerned that with the competition for a top four place becoming ever increasingly difficult they face the added pressure of having to qualify for the Champions League to help bring in the revenue to go towards the cost of the club’s new home.

“Spurs are in a very similar position to Arsenal when they moved into the Emirates in 2006. They had to sell their best players; Van Persie, Fabregas, Toure…” Groves told Jim White on talkSPORT (20 March, 11 am).

“(Chairman) Daniel Levy didn’t give Pochettino the money to invest in his team so now Spurs are at the stage where they have to keep getting in the Champions League to pay for their stadium.

“The problem they have, when Arsenal were in the Champions League positions, there were only four teams who would quality. Now there is a ‘big six’.

“Their problem is paying off the stadium and attracting players. They have a manager who is past his best. If I was a Spurs fan I would be worried.”

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