Arsene Wenger was RIGHT about Tottenham after all

Arsenal boss may be having a drink in quiet satisfaction at Tottenham Hotspur's demise.

Arsene Wenger has seen off another Tottenham boss. Andre Villas-Boas became today the ninth Spurs boss to be fired since the Arsenal manager was appointed back in 1996.

A few months ago this seemed far from likely. Wenger was the one under pressure and AVB was the one exuding confidence.

As he should have done. His chairman had just bought him two new expensive shiny toys from Serie A and La Liga, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, billed as the game-changers Tottenham needed even without Gareth Bale.

He also had Confederations Cup star Paulinho, Belgian winger Nacer Chadli, Ajax's Christian Eriksen, defender Vlad Chichires, and Etienne Capoue - a player Wenger had been linked with signing himself.

Arsenal meanwhile cut a sorry shape in terms of their transfer business.

While Spurs bought out department stores around Europe, it had seemed like Wenger had been shopping at Poundland, signing two free transfers in Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo. (Who could have known that the former would turn out to be one of the signings of the season!)

While Wenger had an ace up his sleeve, with the signing of Mesut Ozil still to come - a unique performer, from say Harrods to continue the metaphor - before he did so he made some cutting comments towards Tottenham which recent form and events have shown to have come true.

When he did so, he came across as a jealous neighbour - and warned it could all end in tears.

"I know all the players they have bought. For the rest, we will see how well they integrate and how well they will do. It is very difficult to predict that.

"They try very hard [to bridge the gap] of course, that is normal. In our job, there is always a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad.

"I know that in England it is very well seen, but it is always difficult when you bring so many players in, how everybody will do to predict that."

"Your squad always has a balance. It is more of a risk [adding numbers]. It can work fantastically well, but there is a little risk on the stability of the squad and on your technical consistency.

"However, I must confess I am not too much worried about the risk they have taken and what they do.

"I believe you win games when you focus on yourself and the quality of our game. It is not a special statement for Tottenham, for us it is exactly the same. It is always difficult to integrate many players together."

Wenger was belittled at the time for the manner of his dismissive comments, but the opening months of the season have proved he was right all along.

Tottenham's struggles this season have been largely down to their disjointed squad. One full of talented players who just do not know to play together, to score goals or create them in the Premier League.

Their project has taken a hit, and a new manager coming in is likely to further the cycle of transition even further.

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