Manchester Clubs Thrive In North London Classic


The North London derby was a pulsating classic and credit must go to both teams that contributed. But when the dust settles after a memorable night at White Hart Lane, the result is all that will matter and it has hasn’t done a great deal for both team’s aspirations this season.


Arsenal yet again blew a comfortable two-goal lead against Tottenham – the second time this season and the third since Harry Redknapp took over Spurs – and it meant they missed the chance to close the gap on Manchester United to just four points.


The Gunners are a good side but when it comes to the crunch they’re not mentally strong enough to finish teams off. If you throw away a 4-0 lead at Newcastle, twice relinquish two-goal advantages against your nearest rivals and fail to win after taking a 97th-minute lead at home to Liverpool then perhaps you don’t deserve to win the title.


Previous Wenger teams were excellent footballing sides too but they didn’t go out of their way to shoot themselves in the foot at every turn and as much as the French boss protests against the mental weakness of his side in public, he must know how evident it is behind closed doors.


As for Spurs, they still find themselves chasing Manchester City for that all-important fourth spot but having gone 3-1 down Redknapp must have been pleased about how they recovered after being outplayed by the Gunners in the first period.


Under the circumstances, it’s probably a point gained rather than two points dropped but their fixture against City will be absolutely crucial but only if they continue to apply the pressure until then.


That may not be possible because Spurs, for all their enterprise, concede too many goals and some are down to the erratic goalkeeping of Gomes and it won’t be a surprise if Redknapp loses patience with the Brazilian and sells him in the summer.


There is no margin for error now and if Spurs can tighten up at the back, and it’s a very big if, they’ll have enough going forward to push City all the way.

Tags: White Hart Lane, Arsenal, Tottenham, Harry Redknapp, Spurs


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