With the Premier League season a few weeks away, teams are frantically working on completing their transfer business. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been especially efficient in the market, completing their transfers way early in the window.
The north London rivals are all set to fight for bragging rights this season after Spurs barely piped the Gunners to a top-4 finish last season. While Spurs have signed six players so far in the summer, Arsenal have made 4 signings and closing in on their fifth acquisition.
A major debate has sparked between the two sets of supporters over which club has had the better transfer window so far. Spurs have signed the likes of Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence, Fraser Forster and Clement Lenglet (on loan).
Arsenal have made the acquisitions of Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus, Matt Turner and Brazilian youngster Marquinhos. They are set to rope in Man City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko quickly. Amid the debate over which team has been more successful with their transfers, one ex-Spurs player has impacted their leverage power.
Darren Bent, who used to be a striker for Tottenham in the past, has hailed Arsenal’s youthful transfer business. He tweeted: “I like what Arsenal are doing in this transfer window’.
With the Gunners having signed two ex-City players, one Spurs fan argued that they’re roping in rejects from the defending league champions because of Pep Guardiola being mates with Mikel Arteta.
Bent decided to clamp back by taking shots at Tottenham’s aged incomings: “You signed Perisic and Forster and threw an open-top parade.” Now, one thing that must be noted is that Bent is a self-proclaimed Arsenal fan since his childhood.
This sparked an even widespread debate between Tottenham and Arsenal supporters trying to prove their cause. Spurs have just about outspent their rivals on the market so far, spending €101.9m as compared to the Gunners’ €97m. However, that can change when Arteta’s men rope in Zinchenko for a rumoured price of €35m+.
At this point, it’s hard to compare exactly which side had a better window. It’ll all come down to which signings make the biggest impact in the upcoming Premier League season.