A number of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal fans have clashed on Twitter following Ian Holloway's comments on which of the two North London clubs he believes would appeal more to young players.
In conversation with talkSPORT, the outspoken coach claimed that Spurs are a more attractive proposition than the Gunners thanks to the fact that the Lilywhites have Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout.
Although Holloway acknowledges that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a "brilliant" manager, he thinks there is something about Pochettino that "would make me want to die for him", thus giving Tottenham the edge in terms of player recruitment.
“If I was a young player right now I would probably go to Spurs, because of their manager,” Holloway said on Friday’s Sports Breakfast.
“Mr Emery has a fantastic record and is a brilliant manager, but for me there’s something about Pochettino that would make me want to die for him. He’s got those eyes, he’s trustworthy and for a player it’s all about wanting to do that.”
As noticed by talkSPORT, there has been debate online about whether Arsenal new-boys William Saliba and Dani Ceballos snubbed interest from Tottenham to join Unai Emery's side or whether Spurs did the snubbing, in turn prompting the two to join the Gunners.
Here is some of what's been said on social media regarding Holloway's comments:
For young English players, maybe - but for the foreign players Arsenal is still the name with history and pedigree in Europe. The list of past players alone is enough to make people choose Arsenal. Once they lose Poch and Kane they’ll be a dead team. Arsenal will bounce back.— Lewis Potton (@LPotton) 26 July 2019
@laura_woodsy Ceballos is a loan and is irrelevant. Saliba probably things he has more chance to play at Arsenal. At spurs he’d be fighting with Sanchez and Foyth possibly Dier and that’s even without Alderweireld or Vertoghen. Plus will be 19. Can get his big move at 22/23.— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) 26 July 2019
Come on Oli, don't play stupid. I know it don't suit your narrative but spurs wouldn't take DC without buy option and although spurs bid more for WS, they refused to loan back condition.— Tottenham-ista (@Tottenhamista) 26 July 2019
I know you know the detail.
Poch turned them down mate...ones a loan with no option to buy and the other is to stay in France for a year!!the levels are unreal— jimbob (@jimbob19244982) 26 July 2019
He decided to stay in France!!— jimbob (@jimbob19244982) 26 July 2019
Hardly going to say “I wish Spurs had pursued their interest in me”!!— Lee Cheshire (@lee_cheshire) 26 July 2019
No— Jonny Ireland (@irelandofjonny) 26 July 2019
Ceballos chose the club who'd take him on loan— TC (@t_c71) 26 July 2019
Do you really think that’s the reason why they went to you guys?!? We refused to loan Saliba back so pulled out and we wanted option to buy on Ceballos didn’t get it so pulled out but yeah they “chose” Arsenal— Dan Regan (@dannyRegan86) 26 July 2019
Enjoy the Emmerdale cup on Thursdays— JB (@jayjaybenito) 26 July 2019
Literally BOTH of them said that they REJECTED Tottenham— GunnerRebel04 (@GRebel04) 26 July 2019
Arsenal announced the signings of two young players yesterday who both nearly signed for Spurs in this window.— Matt (@MattBaxterEdit) 26 July 2019
Ceballos stated he signed for Arsenal because of Emery, Saliba stated he signed because of the French history of the club.
But yes go off about Poch’s pulling power
I can't believe arsenal fans listen to yourselves ! Celebrating Loan deals and buying a player who's played 16 games in ligue 1 and shipping him back for a year when your in desperate need of reinforcements right now. How the mighty have fallen.— ️️ (@alexjb93) 26 July 2019
Ceballos wanted to be playing all the time - how can u build a team for the future with a player who will only be there a season. Not saying I wouldn't have wanted him as part of the squad at Spurs but I would rather us sign players to keep. That being said he could have a belter— Matt Faulkner (@mattyfspurs) 26 July 2019
This summer, Spurs broke their club record to recruit Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele as well as signing - and immediately loaning back - Leeds United's Jack Clarke.
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