Arsenal and Tottenham: The Battle for the ‘New Xavi’

Arsenal and Spurs have both been linked with moves for Feyenoord youngster Jordy Clasie who has been described as the ‘new Xavi’.

Jordy Clasie is one of the most talented players in Dutch football at the moment and there are heavy links suggesting the 21-year-old could be on his way to London in the very near future.

Both Arsenal and Spurs seem to be the main clubs likely to sign him, which leads to the questions of which club suits him and where he should go if he wants to leave at the end of the season?

Arsenal maybe just have the advantage because this seems like the sort of realistic signing that Arsene Wenger could be tempted into.

There would be a fee involved because Clasie’s contract with Feyenoord doesn’t expire until the summer of 2015, but Wenger has a proven track record when it comes to players like this.

The prominent role that both Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla have played in the Arsenal team this season also makes it very important for the club to have a high quality and natural replacement for either in the middle.

The inconsistency which has been shown by Aaron Ramsey this season is another reason Arsenal could be tempted into a move for Clasie, despite the Welshman's recent good form. 

He certainly seems to have the technique and skill to sit in the middle of Arsenal’s midfield and run the show although his size is a worry (five feet and seven inches) considering Arsenal don’t have a player who could protect him.

Tottenham Hotspur have given a few younger players the chance to develop and thrive in the last couple of seasons, which doesn’t rule them out from investing in someone who is still very young.

The problem Clasie faces at Spurs is getting into the team because the current club have plenty of players who play in a similar position to him; Mousa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby.

Clasie will not want to move to a side where he is going to be way down the pecking order and although he would not be first choice at Arsenal, he stands a better chance of getting into the Gunners’ first team quicker.

If there is serious interest from both sides then a lot of this is once again going to come down to which side finishes in the top four.

If both finish in the top four and secure Champions League football then Arsenal may just have the slight advantage in the race to sign him, because of Arsene Wenger and the way he has developed plenty of similar players throughout his career.

Arsenal also have the resources to make sure they get their man, with a large cash reserve and the ability to put him on a contract which is likely to be better than the one he’s already on at Feyenoord.

Who do you think he would join?


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