Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have acquired a reputation for leaving things late in the transfer market, but with the two sides facing off on the 31st August this season, they have the perfect incentive to get their team settled early.
Although Tottenham Hotspur are perhaps the team most associated with last minute business in transfer windows, their neighbours Arsenal have also been inclined to leave things late in the past, and both teams have struggled to start their seasons well as a result.
Last year Spurs started their season with a loss at Newcastle United before home draws against West Brom and Norwich. They spent much of their time around those fixtures desperately trying to sign players, with the result they did not managed to get a settled team together until after they had dropped seven crucial points in the Premier League.
The season before Spurs opened with two tricky fixtures, against Manchester United and Manchester City, but put in timid performances as they lost 3-0 and 5-1 respectively, again before they had finalised their transfers.
That was the season when Arsenal lost Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and did not sort out adequate replacements until deadline day, starting their season with a draw with Newcastle followed by losses to Liverpool and Manchester United as a result.
Perhaps that start, which included the infamous 8-2, stung them into action a little more last summer, when they concluded the deals for Olivier Giroud and Lukas Pdoloski very early. However they were still active in the market late on, and sold Robin Van Persie and Alex Song in the second half of August, something that no doubt contributed to their sluggish start, which saw them draw 0-0 with Sunderland and Stoke in their first two games.
Both teams know they will have to be ready for the derby on the 31st August, and this means they will need to conclude their transfer dealings early. It is harder to control other club’s bids for your players, and Spurs in particular will face speculation about Gareth Bale’s future all summer if the Welshman stays at White Hart Lane, but in terms of their own purchases, both teams need to move soon so they can come out all guns blazing on the 31st August, and not drop early points once again.
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