Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has once again surprised the Football Transfer Tavern by showing sympathy towards Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas over the Gareth Bale saga, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Wenger is fully aware of how losing your best player can affect a club and feels Tottenham may struggle to adapt with the number of new faces that they have added to their squad this summer.
The Gunners boss also believes that his squad does not even compare to Tottenham’s when it comes to title chasing despite the pair battling for fourth spot in recent seasons and Spurs’ consistent strengthening of their side under AVB.
Tottenham travel down the road to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in the first North London derby of the season and come off the back of four wins from four games in all competitions so far this term.
Arsenal lost at home to Aston Villa on the opening day but Wenger is still confident his side can push for the title this season.
“I think about do my squad have a chance to fight for the Premier League or not. We don’t compare to Spurs especially.” Wenger said.
“But the comparison is there to be made. Firstly, after years of Arsenal seemingly losing their top stars every summer, now it is Tottenham’s turn.
“It has a negative impact when you lose your best players, always.
“Because you are perceived as well by your fans [for] a lack of ambition, by the rest of the squad, they look for strength in their team. We have gone through that process consistently and it demands of course always a mental adjustment, again, to keep your ambition alive.
“Do I have sympathy for Villas Boas? I have sympathy for every single manager. You know why? Because then I know I am not the only manager who is made to suffer. I have gone through that every season, and usually for me the questions started in January.”
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