Arsenal hero Perry Groves reckons that Mauricio Pochettino will be the manager most frustrated with the Gunners’ transfer activity this summer as Tottenham have been ‘disappointing’.
Groves, who made 155 appearances for Arsenal between 1986 – 1992, reckons that although he would never admit it publicly, Poch’ will be feeling the pressure looking across north London at Arsenal’s transfer activity.
“It has to be Mauricio Pochettino (who’s the most frustrated by Arsenal’s transfer activity), as much as he wouldn’t admit it publicly,” Groves exclusively told bwin.
“They’ve kept their best players. If you’d have said to Daniel Levy and Poch at the end of last season that the only player they’d lose this season is a full-back for £50million, they’d have done the conga! To improve, they still need to keep adding and they haven’t done this.
“They need a centre-forward desperately because they can’t keep relying on Harry Kane. They need to replace Kyle Walker with the Champions League now beckoning.
“They still have to get themselves over the line and they had two great opportunities to do it. They may have missed their chance if they don’t improve their first team.
“If it was Arsene Wenger finishing second last season and then not signing anyone, he would be getting slated by the fans and media. Everyone loves Pochettino because, quite rightly, he’s done really well but if it was Arsene in that position, he’d be slaughtered.”
Although Arsenal have ‘only’ signed Alexandre Lacazette for a club record of £52m, Wenger has admitted that the Gunners are still very much active in the transfer window.
Reports are heavily linking Arsenal with a move for Monaco winger, Thomas Lemar, which would be exciting whether Alexis Sanchez stays or goes.
Spurs, meanwhile, have taken a vow of financial celibacy this summer. With the construction of their new home stadium, they obviously want to look after their pennies, and are therefore proudly going forward with just their young squad, who finished second in the Premier League last season.
While holding off on any big transfers is the sensible approach, Spurs will soon find, just as Arsenal did when building the Emirates, that a few years of penny-pinching in the Premier League can cause you to fall a long way behind.
It’ll be interesting to see if the media actually take stoke of what a huge achievement it was when Arsene Wenger managed to keep Arsenal in the top four for an entire decade despite having to sell their best players and hold off on signing new ones just to keep their heads above water. Or whether they’ll continue to only praise Poch’ for doing the same thing.