Pochettino once again showing up Wenger as Tottenham look to eclipse Arsenal next season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal finished above Tottenham last season, but Arsene Wenger should not have let that blind him concerning the work that needs to be done to his squad.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the standsArsenal manager Arsene Wenger 

Even the most ardent of Arsenal fans would have been hard pushed to say that last season's second place finish was a success. The fact that the side above them in the table were Leicester City, is enough to show they under-achieved.

Despite the Gunners' highest finish in 11 years, many fans felt their late spurt allied with Spurs' slump in form had papered over the cracks and their points tally of 71 was their lowest return out of the previous four seasons.

Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino, on the other hand, were receiving high acclaim for their season's work. Their points tally was their second highest return since 1987, and their third place finish was their best since 1990. 

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Despite Arsenal finishing above Tottenham, it was the Gunners who needed to improve the most. They lost three senior player in Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky. Their search for a striker has been ongoing for the last four years, yet they still persist with the cumbersome Olivier Giroud and they have two ageing centre-backs with back-ups that are clearly not good enough.

At White Hart Lane, however, it is an entirely different story. Pochettino has developed a young, fit and hungry squad. He has also implemented his high intensity pressing game very similar to the one Pep Guardiola innovated at Barcelona in 2008. If there was one weakness in the Spurs squad it was the strength in depth. 

The Argentine has already moved to address that issue, though, with the signings of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, while a move for Georges-Kevin N'Koudou is close to completion after the player completed a medical (Sky Sports).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Wenger is once again dithering in the transfer market

Arsene Wenger has once again being dragging his feet in the sand, and made only one signing in Granit Xhaka, with no other business looking even close to being done. It was so typical of Arsenal's transfer strategy over the years when they had moves for Jamie Vardy and Henrikh Mkhitaryan fail, and had no Plan B to revert to.

They have allowed some of the world's most elite strikers to come and go throughout this transfer window, and the best their scouting network can come back with is the Serie A top scorer who they could have had for £32 million three years ago when he was 25 but is now valued at £79 million as a 28-year-old. 

Even if Wenger does manage to bring in two or three more big names, they will not have enough time to settle into the squad and get a full pre-season under their belts, whereas that is exactly what the Spurs new recruits will have. 

The Argentine, still relatively in-experienced at managerial level, is once again showing up Arsene Wenger's archaic methods. Methods which may have worked and brought much success in a bygone era, but ones that are now proving to be detrimental to the Arsenal setup.

If it wasn't for the 'paper-over-the-cracks' second place finish last term, there are some who believe the Frenchman would have been forced to go on a spending spree, but instead, the Gunners fans are being treated to much of the same that they have witnessed over the last decade.

Something has to change in the way things are done at Arsenal, because if they are not, they could soon see themselves looking up at a club where things are being done perfectly right.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Pochettino seems to be getting things right at Spurs

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