Tottenham trio a mockery of Arsenal boss' complaints

Toby Alderweireld celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Tottenham

Arsenal are struggling to add a defender, but in recent years Tottenham have made three top class signings for a bargain price.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the start of the matchArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a man under pressure after his side shipped four goals at home to Liverpool.

The Gunners started with a makeshift backline, with all of their first choice centre-backs out.

This was both unfortunate and foolhardy, with Koscielny rested by Wenger, and the club having plenty of time to make signings after Mertesacker and Gabriel went down.

Arsenal fans hold up banners protesting against manager Arsene Wenger after the gameArsenal fans hold up banners protesting against manager Arsene Wenger 

Wenger complained last week about a lack of value in the market, quoted by Eurosport moaning about high prices. He said: "If an English club comes in the price goes straight away up because they know there is money in England."

Yet Wenger need only need look at rivals Tottenham to see how it can be done, with their trio of top class international centre-backs.

Jan Vertonghen was signed from Ajax in 2012 for a fee in the region of £12 million. His consistency has seen that fee stand out to be a bargain, yet remarkably he is the most expensive of their defenders.

Toby Alderweireld, who is arguably an even better player, cost Spurs just £10.9 million from Atletico Madrid just last summer.

He was in the eyes of many, the best defender in the Premier League last season, and would walk into Arsenal's first team.

Toby Alderweireld celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for TottenhamToby Alderweireld celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Tottenham

Even third choice Kevin Wimmer would have been Arsenal's best defender on show at the weekend, and he performed admirably last season, replacing the injured Vertonghen so well that the Belgian's absence was a non-topic.

He cost Spurs just £5 million from Cologne last summer, the club where Arsenal signed Lukas Podolski from.

Either Arsene Wenger has lost his touch, or confidence, when it comes to identifying quality bargains, or he is simply being too indecisive over whether to spend big or not.

Tottenham's signings show that his excuse, is just that, and that top quality centre-backs can be bought without paying premium prices.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejectedArsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejected

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