Both Tottenham and Arsenal, having been the focus of non-transfer activity for the last eighteen months or so, have sprung into spending life this summer with a London bus melee of signings. Deadline day saw Spurs push through the loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso with an option to buy the talented Argentinian midfielder from Betis next summer while also signing the much coveted Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham just before the deadline passed. Meanwhile, just a couple of miles down the road Arsenal sensationally acquired the services of Chelsea stalwart David Luiz as well as finally persuading Celtic to part ways with left back Kieran Tierney.
These signings were the proverbial icing on the cake for both clubs who had already been unusually busy in the transfer market since the summer the broke. The deadline day business done by the two clubs in North London followed Tottenham’s signing of Lyon central midfielder Tungay Ndombele for fifty-four million pounds alongside young prospect Jack Clarke from Leeds United . While Arsenal (despite apparently only having a budget of less than fifty million pounds) had already acquired the services of young centre back William Saliba from Saint Etienne as well we highly rated Lille forward Nicolas Pepe for seventy-two million pounds. No doubt shocking notorious YouTube club channels into a joyful stunned silence. As after a barren spell of transfer activity the fans of both North London rivals can revel in the fact that their teams are essentially doing what they have asked them to do for a good while. Buy players that their clubs need.
At the start of the summer, Arsenal fans said that a winger and a centre back were required and that’s exactly what they’ve got. Pepe will link up with Lacazette and Aubameyang in what looks like one of leagues most explosive front lines. While David Luiz will bring boatloads of energy and experience to an Arsenal defence that was (and most likely still is) in desperate need of suring up. Although, it remains to be seen if the at times error prone Luiz can effectively improve Arsenal’s shaky defensive performances over the past few seasons. Either way, after the pain of missing out on Champions League football last season, Arsenal will likely have step into the season with a real bounce under the guidance of a manager who is building the team he wants a degree quicker than many expected.
Meanwhile, Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino, after being repeatedly quizzed last season about the fact that his side had not added to their squad in the summer of 2018, now has gallons of fresh blood to rejuvenate a squad that will now be full of competition, especially in midfield. And with Christian Eriksen staying put for now, Pochettino has a wide array of talent at his disposal as well as a fresh Harry Kane. Playing in a brand new stadium off the back of a memorable Champions League adventure has now been added to by new personnel that could potentially drive the club forward to the heights Pochettino has threatened for so long and so nearly achieved back in May.
Time will tell if this flurry of new arrivals to North London postcodes will have the desired effect but the amount of ambition shown by both Spurs and Arsenal will leave their fans giddy with excitement for the new season. Just when it looked like frustrations in North London (especially in the red portion) would escalate further in regard to recruitment, the board of each club have delivered. Let’s see if the new faces around England’s capital can do the same.
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