When Tottenham Hotspur fans ironically chanted: “Arsene Wenger we want you to stay” from 2006 to the end of last season, it always felt like a bizarre thing to say. Sure, Arsenal have declined and stagnated, but even during the aforementioned decade, Arsenal were more successful than their north London rivals and finished above them every single time.
But after last season’s humiliating capitulation against already-relegated Newcastle United, the same chant that echoes from White Hart Lane’s stands this campaign has more justification; the Gunners are entering free fall territory.
As the famous song goes, it was the summer of ’95 and Gerry Francis was sporting a hairstyle that not only wasn’t in fashion in the 90s, but is still waiting to ever have been in fashion – maybe 2030 will be the year for your barnet, Gerry.
Spurs finished the 1994/95 season in seventh place, eleven points ahead of 12th placed Arsenal, as Francis managed to build a team that wasn’t totally incompetent behind the obvious class of Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham up top.
To make things even sweeter for the Spurs faithful, a run of seven defeats in 12 games following George Graham’s sacking over the bungs scandal, meant that the Gunners came close to being relegated.
And just as the Lilywhites faithful felt like they couldn’t enjoy themselves at Arsenal’s expense anymore, former Spurs player Nayim scored *that* goal in the European Cup Winners’ Cup to break Gooners’ hearts in the final minute of extra time.
Since then, Arsene Wenger has come in and revolutionised Arsenal, whilst Tottenham struggled to follow suit. However, it does appear that now, some 20 years too late, they’ve finally got their act together.
In Mauricio Pochettino and his inability to win a trophy, they do so trust.
It’s safe to say the current crop of Spurs players are worth a tad more than the 1995 lot. But who is the most expensive player?
Michel Vorm – £2.5million
Out of contract in the summer of 2018. At 33, the Dutchman may want to move, and for a fair price too. Image Source: Twitter
Hugo Lloris – £50million
Spurs' miracle worker between the sticks, club captain and with five years left on his contract. You'll need the cash and the good fortune to pull this off. Image Source: Twitter
Kevin Wimmer – £7.5million
Shown promise when needed at CB, but with only 14 games in two seasons, he's clearly not needed at White Hart Lane. Image Source: Twitter
Toby Alderweireld – £35million
One of the best CBs in the league. His transfer would also recoup money in shirt printing, too. Image Source: Twitter
Jan Vertonghen – £20million
Reforming his Ajax partnership with Toby has shown the league just how formidable a pair they are. Image Source: Twitter
Kyle Walker – £15million
Suspect defensively, and, an attitude on him to boot. But, boy does he know how to fly forward as a RB. Image Source: Twitter
Danny Rose – £18million
A solid LB, but by no means world-class as some Spurs fans will claim. Image Source: Twitter
Ben Davies – £8million
43 games in three seasons, safe to say the Welshman is firmly behind Danny Rose. Image Source: Twitter
Kieran Trippier – £12million
How on earth Tottenham go him in for £3.5mill is criminal. The RB has pin-point crossing and passing, and is tasty going forward. Image Source: Twitter
Moussa Sissoko – £15million
Not often Spurs get ripped off, but here, they have been and then some. Image Sourced: Twitter
Moussa Dembele – £20million
The Belgian midfield enforcer is exactly the sort of player EVERY side wants breaking up play in the middle of the park. Image Sourced: Twitter
Harry Winks – £5million
Tidy youth product made to look better by those around him. That's all. Image Source: Twitter
Christian Eriksen – £25million
Criminally underrated. Still only 25. What a player. Image Source: Twitter
Victor Wanyama – £28million*
How on earth they got this spaghetti loving beast for £11million is a joke. Image Source: Twitter
Eric Dier – £18million
Again, what an underrated player Tottenham have in their mitts. £4million they paid...jeez. Image Source: Twitter
Dele Alli – £40million
Please don't get carried away. He does have the potential to be worth MUCH more, especially if he stops those cringeworthy handshakes. Image Source: Twitter
Erik Lamela – £12.5million
Want a dodgy haircut and a rabona goal? Here you go. Don't expect much else, though... Image Source: Twitter
Son Hueng-Min – £25million
The most expensive player in Asian history. Tottenham don't do breaking even, so they'd want to make a slight profit here for the skilful South Korean. Image Source: Twitter
Vincent Janssen – £12.5million
As it stands, one goal in open play. They'll have to hope he comes good or make a loss and accept a packet of Monster Munch! Image Source: Twitter
Harry Kane – £60million
Troublesome ankles, but 20+ goals in last three seasons means £££s. Image Source: Twitter