Kevin Phillips explains why Arsenal will struggle against Spurs and Everton in transfer market

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Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has suggested that Arsenal could struggle to compete with their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer market.

Despite Tottenham failing to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table following yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, they now find themselves twelve points better off than Mikel Arteta’s side who are in fifteenth place after falling to 1-0 defeat on their own turf to Burnley.

Phillips used the transfer rumour linking Red Bull Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai with a move to either club as an example and claimed that Arsenal will now struggle to be on a level playing field with Spurs when trying to persuade targets to put pen to paper.

Szoboszlai instead looks set to make the move to the Bundesliga and join RB Leipzig next month (Sky Sports).

Phillips went as far as claiming that the Gunners even find themselves behind Everton at present due to their unreliability on the pitch.

He told Football Insider: “I think Arsenal will struggle to compete with the likes of Spurs in the transfer market.

“I have been massively disappointed with Arsenal this season. I do not see where they have improved under Mikel Arteta, at all to be honest and you can see that just from looking at where they are sitting in the league.

“If I am a top European player like Dominik Szoboszlai I would certainly be looking at other clubs way before an Arsenal. I think you would even look at an Everton ahead of an Arsenal right now because you never know what you are going to get with them right now.

“There is lots of work and wheeling and dealing for Arteta to do in January.” 

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