‘Grind’: Troy Deeney targets why Tottenham are doing better than Arsenal

Kaya Kaynak November 11, 2020
‘Grind’: Troy Deeney targets why Tottenham are doing better than Arsenal
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Watford striker Troy Deeney has revealed what he thinks is the key difference between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this season in an interview with talkSPORT.

Spurs have got off to a great start this season and head into the international break second in the Premier League table.

Arsenal, on the other hand, sit 11th after a dismal showing in their 3-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

Deeney has his own theories on why.

Grinding out results

Jose Mourinho’s teams have gained a reputation in the past for their ability to ‘win ugly’.

It’s something they did on Sunday as they edged a 1-0 victory at West Brom thanks to a Harry Kane header with 88 minutes on the clock.

It’s an important quality for any successful side. Unfortunately for the Gunners, it’s one Troy Deeney seems to think they lack.

“There’s a lot Arteta is trying to change very quickly,” he said of the Gunners as per HITC.

“There’s a lot of the old guard and what I mean by that is players who have been there for years that are used to a certain way of playing and demand, which he is trying to change.

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“The key thing for me is they haven’t drawn a game this season. They either win or lose.

“What I liked about Spurs recently, especially (against West Brom), was it was headed towards a draw. There was nothing in it.

“But you just felt they were going to get that one chance and that’s what I can see changing with Spurs.

“I just feel with Arsenal, they are either really good or they are average. They are not a team that is going to grind out a win.”

Deeney clashes with the Gunners – again

This isn’t the first time Deeney has riled Arsenal fans with his comments.

After he scored in Watford’s 2-1 win over the Gunners in 2017, he accused them of lacking “cojones”.

When asked why he seems to rub Gooners up the wrong the way the 32-year-old was typically forthright.

“I just get under people’s skin,” he said.

“I don’t know how I do that but I do for some reason.”

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Kaya is a sports journalist who is desperately missing football. He has worked with talkSPORT, 90min.com, GiveMeSport and CBC. He has a first class master's degree in international journalism from City University of London. He is also a fluent Turkish speaker and is proficient in French. Follow him on twitter @kayakaynak97 for all his latest articles.