As Tottenham confirmed the £8million sale of Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC, a question popped into and just as quickly faded from my mind.
Would Arsenal benefit from Defoe? I asked myself, before swiftly bemoaning my own idiocy.
Here was a Spurs man through-and-through, a player who fully understood the North London rivalry, and a striker who would surely never swap a white shirt for a red one, at least not the red of the Gunners.
But despite hastily ruling out my own question, it is one that I have decided to write about, if only briefly, to see what Arsenal and Spurs fans think.
Not of the possibility of Defoe moving to the Emirates Stadium. That was never an option. But of the fact that Spurs have waved goodbye to exactly what their fierce rivals need, at least in the short term: goals.
With Arsene Wenger’s men tipped to move for a new striker even before Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott were all injured, the sudden loss of their frontmen meant Arsenal were suddenly in desperate need of a new marksman.
That Giroud has been passed fit for the match against Aston Villa means that need is no longer quite as desperate. But if it is goals from the bench Wenger needs, there is no better man than the one soon to be plying his trade in the MLS.
Given Roberto Soldado’s struggles since his summer move, the question has to be asked at to whether selling Defoe is the right move for Tim Sherwood. Although in granting the player’s request he has repaid a man who has given most of his career to the Lilywhites.
Wenger continues to be linked with a move for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata. But if he fails in that endeavour, and has to make do with his current front-men until the summer, the lack of those additional goals could prove to be the difference between a trophy and another season of regret.
Defoe was never an option. But if he had played for anyone other than Spurs? Well then you get the impression Wenger may have made his move.
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