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Overtaking Arsenal - Chance(s) Gone?

Earlier this season, I was seeing Arsenal at the top of the league and I was wondering "have we missed our chance to overtake them?" Ok so recently they`ve taken a few beatings but so have we. I started looking back on recent history and looked at the chances we`ve had to overtake them...

2006/7 we didn`t have the best squad (Zokora, Jenas, Young-Pyo Lee) but had quality in King, Berbatov, Keane. Arsenal still had the likes of Van Persie, Henry, Fabregas and Adebeyor. We came 5th and them 4th - this was the closest we had pushed / worried them for years. With a few quality additions, we were expected to push them even further in 2007/8. We know what happened with Ramos and finished 11th where the Gooners finished 3rd. It seemed we`d missed our chance to overtake them…

In 2009/10 we experienced our resurgence under 'Aary and finished 4th, just behind Arsenal in 3rd - so close again. With a UCL place secured, hopes of spending big in the summer were fruitless. Sandro was our only planned expenditure, and we snapped up VDV out of opportunity rather than strategy. Adding an aging and free Gallas and a squad player in Pienaar, it wasn`t exactly the type of strengthening we were imagining - albeit the squad had more depth and experience. We came 5th, and Arsenal in 4th. It seemed we`d missed our chance to overtake them again…

2011/12 was harsh on Spurs; Chelsea fluked the UCL final and yet again we finished one place behind Arsenal, but this season we had a glorious opportunity in the January window to consolidate our 3rd place (Nelson and Saha). It seemed we`d missed our chance to overtake them yet again - for the 3rd time!

From Arry > AVB > Sherwood, we are now in the present and I can`t help but think have we missed our chance to leapfrog them. It looks like this year is panning out similar - we`re currently 6th and they`re 4th. Now I dislike Arsenal as much as any Spurs fan but you can`t help but respect the midfield they have; Arteta, Cazorla, Wilshire, Ozil etc. They`re only a striker (+plus Walcott) and keeper away from being able to sustain a title challenge next year whereas we appear to be lacking an identify, there are 'Levy frustrations', the squad seems unbalanced with constant departure rumours coupled with average / indifferent performances.

After Sunday's fantastic comeback, maybe Tim will be given the chance to shape the team. Perhaps LVG will come in and with his impressive CV be able to get the best out of the likes of Lamela, Paulinho, Soldado, Eriksen, Dembele, Townsend etc…

So my question is - do you think we`ve missed our last chance for the foreseeable future to overtake them?

Written by mattspurs1982




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Date:Thursday March 27 2014

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