Tony Cascarino predicts who'll finish higher: Arsenal or Tottenham

Sam Preston February 15, 2021
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Tony Cascarino has praised the job Mikel Arteta is doing at Arsenal after their 4-2 win over Leeds yesterday.

That victory came fewer than 24 hours after their north London rivals went down 3-0 against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

City are Arsenal’s next league opponents, so that game may provide some kind of barometer about where the Gunners are compared to Spurs.

In the Times, Cascarino predicted that Arteta’s men would reel in Jose Mourinho’s side, who are currently two points ahead with a game in hand.

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“There is much to admire about the team Mikel Arteta is building at Arsenal,” he wrote. “Results are gradually improving, a style is emerging and young players such as Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are being given a chance to impose themselves on matches.

“Arsenal stuck with their man, believed in his project and look like a side on the up. Contrast this with Tottenham, who look devoid of both creativity and a Plan B when the going gets tough.

“Spurs are now only two points above their north London rivals and, although they have a game in hand, I would not be surprised if Arsenal finish ahead of them this season. Arteta’s team are going places.

“It will be fascinating to see who comes out on top when the sides meet next month.”

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It wasn’t that long ago that Spurs were being talked about as title contenders while Arsenal were dropping closer to the relegation zone.

That shows the contrasting fortunes at both clubs since.

Mourinho’s pragmatic style has stopped getting results, while Arteta’s philosophy has been brought to life by his faith in youth.

The next meeting between the two sides will be interesting, although even then it might be too early to draw conclusions given the nature of this frantic, topsy-turvy season.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.