Tottenham's biggest problem this year sure ain't Arsenal, it's...

The Europa League. And we know that Tottenham manager André Villas-Boas loves that competition, having won it with Porto in 2010-11.

Tottenham's biggest challenge in recent years has been to stay ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League, and to claim a Champions League place. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, Arsenal have mostly pipped Tottenham at the post, as they qualified for 16 consecutive Champions League campaigns.

This year, however, you feel that the balance of power has significantly changed. Arsenal has struggled in the transfer window to obtain their targets, and injuries to key players - Podolski, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey - could end up being costly, as a good start to the season is surely a must.

Tottenham on the otherhand (and particularly Chairman Daniel Levy) have played a blinder during this window and, even allowing for the almost certain departure of Gareth Bale, new signings Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and doubtless Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, surely make Spurs genuine title contenders this season, for the first time in decades.

Tottenham's biggest problem this year will surely not be the annual fight with Arsenal, but getting bogged down in the marathon that's the Europa League, and throwing away an excellent opportunity to win the Premier League.

Sure, Villas-Boas now has an excellent squad, but expecting Tottenham to be contenders for The Europa and Premier Leagues is surely a step too far, and being too greedy this season could result in a great Premier league opportunity going begging.

Most Spurs fans would take an early Europa knock out if it meant winning the Premier League title, and if the powers-that-be at White Hart Lane play their cards right this season, Tottenham could end up Premier League champions come May, and set themselves up for a decade of Champions League football. Who needs the Europa League ?

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