Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday coupled with Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-1 defeat to Newcastle United away from home at St. James’ Park saw the Gunners end up second.
Redknapp believes that Arsenal should not celebrate too much for finishing above their bitter North London rivals Tottenham, who have come third.
“They may have finished second but Arsenal can’t afford to be complacent,” the Englishman wrote in The Daily Mail. “Tottenham have been far better to watch than the Gunners this year. Despite their late slump, Spurs have so much promise in the likes of Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Premier League top scorer Harry Kane while Mauricio Pochettino has signed a five-year deal.
“Arsene Wenger has much more work to do than Pochettino this summer. Wenger has had a massive scare this season and if he doesn’t strengthen the squad, expect Tottenham to wipe the smiles off Arsenal fans’ faces.”
This was one of Tottenham’s best ever seasons in the Premier League, and they have certainly progressed under head coach Mauricio Pochettino over the past two years.
True, in the last few weeks Spurs have struggled for good performances and results, but until then they were much better than Arsenal.
The Gunners have had a 'normal' season, but the fact that they could still finish second suggests that they are still better than Tottenham.
Wenger does need to address his defence and attack in the summer transfer window, but his achievement of guiding Arsenal to a second-placed finish should not be undermined.