Is Arsene Wenger belittling Tottenham with latest comment?

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference 2

Arsenal boss may have been trying to be polite, but was he being belittling regarding Tottenham Hotspur?

A vote of confidence for Tottenham's flagging season came via an unlikely source.

Arsene Wenger said in his pre-weekend press conference, "You cannot say Spurs have had a bad season, they’ve had a good season and they are there."

Presently Tottenham sit in fifth position, six points behind Arsenal who have a game in hand. How 'there' they are depends on where Spurs would have wanted to be by now.

They are out of the FA Cup, failed to reach the latter stages of the Capital One Cup, and on the verge of an exit from the Europa League.

Tottenham had far higher ambitions than what they look likely to achieve. If you had told them ahead of the season that Manchester United would effectively be out of the top four running - they would have fancied themselves as clear favourites to take their position.

Instead Liverpool have overtaken them, and while this time last year Spurs were sitting above Arsenal - the Gunners have pulled away while their rivals have floundered.

It's been an unhappy season at White Hart Lane, with new signings failing to find form - and Andre Villas-Boas fired thanks to combination of poor results and negative playing style incurring the anger of supporters.

While there have been highlights - the win at Old Trafford for example, Spurs have had to bear heavy defeats to Manchester City (6-0), Liverpool (0-5) and Chelsea (4-0). Add in two defeats to Arsenal already, and the season looks far from 'good'.

Wenger's comments appear just a little patronising, perhaps their position shows a 'good' season despite the problems they have had, but it's been far from satisfactory.  

The Arsenal boss knows that if this was his Arsenal side sitting fifth, out of the cups, that if he stated it was a 'good' season he would get slaughtered for it - so why would it be acceptable for Spurs, a club who have the same ambitions ultimately as the Gunners - unless insinuating it was 'good' by their standards.

This was a Spurs side that broke their transfer record three times in the summer, and even allowing for the sale of Gareth Bale, there were high expectations. Tim Sherwood's position at the club is far from uncertain with supporters feeling he is out of his depth and rumours about replacements being lined up for the summer.

Given that rivals Arsenal appear on the cusp of ending their trophy drought, clear favourites to win the FA Cup, this campaign will go down as far from 'good'.

A missed opportunity, a wasted season, or just plain frustrating - would be accurate, and while Wenger may not want to overtly rub it in, intimating their league position reason for Spurs fans to be pleased, is wide of the mark.

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