Spurs. A worrying trend.

Remember when they were a laughing stock? Doesn’t seem that long ago. This is the  bunch who employed Harry Redknapp thinking he would bring back the Glory Days  😀

Times have changed and it started a few years back. I loved it when the muppets had to sell their best assets and then waste the money on overpriced dross. Modric and Bale wouldn’t stay and who can blame them.

Spurs have always been good at getting top money for ordinary players and even better money for their stars, the difference today is that they are developing players and keeping them. With 3 players who would certainly cost upwards of €100m a piece they are looking good. Eriksen, Kane and Ali are hot properties with a host of European Giants willing purchasers, though Pochettino says he will not sell.

They have accidentally found a proper manager, a young man with competence. Add in the new stadium and Spurs look as though they will be a force to reckon with for some time.

Thankfully, they remain Spursy.

Oh, and in case Spurs fans get lairy,  just point out the empty Trophy Cabinet. 😀


written by Big Raddy

34 Responses to Spurs. A worrying trend.

  1. bryn wilko says:

    the european cabinet is still fuller than yours

  2. Jon Smethwick says:

    I think the problem with us Arsenal fans is that we are obsessed with them lot as our own house has fallen over. I actually look up to Spurs right now as we may have laughed at them for years which gave them the push to better us and guess what, they will.

    We moved to the Emirates and instead of pushing on, we have gone backwards. The atmosphere is terrible. The Arsenal TV thing sums us up, deluded fans that think they have a god given right to win everything yet all we aspire to be is above Spurs.

    If you look at what they have built, they are have a foundation that whether you like it or not, we are jealous off.

    They are beating the likes of Real Madrid and we are in the Europa. You and this blog like countless other blogs think that putting them down is the way forward. Its not, we’d bite their hands off to have what they have right now.

    I fear that we can no longer attract the stars we want and people just come to us as we can pay larger wages then them at the moment. That’ll change when the stadium happens for them.

    While you can be negative about their club, they will surpass us and go on to i think the team to beat. They play good football and destroy teams due to coaching they have.

    Their chairman might be tight but he is English and he supports the club. They spend what they earn and invest in talent while everyone is still trying to search for that bargain African or South American who lets face it, just want a payday.

    Why not be positive and stop fearing them, they deserve to be where they are as they pains me to say totally deserve it.

    Take of your rose tinted glasses and see that what they have done, we should have but we didnt and now we’ll be fleeced for the next 10 years while paying the wages of those idiot players that love selfies and tattoos.

  3. Wolfgang says:

    Since the Russian sponsored Chelsea,London has been gong blue.
    Arsenal had their time 1998 to 2005. Since then Blues have won 4 titles with zero for the gunners.
    I am afraid Arsenal are heading south as long as the fm is in charge.
    Tactically he has been outwitted and outsmarted by the other top managers.I believe his poor record against the top teams is due to his ego.His refusal to play defensive soccer is the principal reason .
    We shall see what happens to the weekend game.
    Although the gunners are underdogs,any thing can happen.
    Only a win will buy timefor the fm.Then we have to wait until May.

  4. simon kemp says:

    Superb article. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    Spurs fan

  5. VP of Oz says:

    Great post BR

  6. Berty says:

    Excellent in depth piece, really uncovering the intricacies of the modern day rivalry between our 2 North London clubs. Congratulations


  7. Here’s my own in-depth piece dedicated to Berty.
    Spurs haven’t won the League since 1961.

    That’s all we need. Not unnecessary intricacies.

    Keep dreaming, Berty.

  8. GunnerN5 says:

    The boss provided updates on the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Shkodran Mustafi.

    This is what he said:

    on if everyone returned fit and healthy from their international games…
    We still have some people coming in today. They’ll have a medical check today and a recovery check.

    on the rest of the team news…
    Mustafi will have a final check [on Friday], Welbeck as well. I’ll make decisions on all of them [on Friday].

    on Koscielny being rested in midweek for France…
    It was needed for him. We couldn’t use him for a number of games, he just came back against City because he had an Achilles tendon injury. If he had played in midweek, he certainly would not have been available for Saturday.

    on Olivier Giroud…
    Olivier picked up an injury, and I don’t think he will be available for Saturday. It is short term and he should start [training] on Monday, we

    Read more at https://www.arsenal.com/news/team-news-koscielny-giroud-and-mustafi#YFPLxrvQBImp6Jx1.99

  9. GunnerN5 says:


    Here is everything positive I gave to say about Spurs……………………

    I hope you can read that.

  10. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for the post Raddy.

    Spurs are undoubtedly a team to be reckoned with but we are at home and we are The Arsenal.

    Unfortunately the 12th man is on their side and will do his level best (or worst) to ensure that things go their way. With his history against us it’s simply shocking that the FA would put Dean in charge.

    The reason that the FA use against utilizing a rotation system to ensure impartiality is that they want the most experienced refs in the big games. So does that mean that they are saying some of those who ref in the PL are not qualified to do their jobs effectively?.

  11. LB says:

    Good read BR and you caught a few knuckle staggers to boot. As for their manager, I suppose it is a case of 45th time lucky.

    Actually on that subject I thought he did exceptionally well in his interview for the Real Madrid job, spuds beating them so convincingly and all. There is no way Zidane is going to be there next season.

    If you look at it from an Argentinian perspective the Real job is so attractive he would dump spuds in less than a heart beat.

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Jon S. Thank you for reading the post. I don’t think you appreciate that this is as positive as it is possible for me to be about “them”.

    As to seeing things through rose tinted glasses – you are wrong. I see things through red and white glasses, always have, always will.

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Bryn W. You won your last Euro trophy in 1984. Since that time we have won 16 trophies, Spurs have won 3 (and one of those was the Mickey Mouse Cup).

    The last time your Captain lifted a Cup was 26 years ago. – Arsenal 6 months.

  14. Aaron says:

    And the new super coaches record, for those that don’t know, (poch) is miserable and even worse than Arsene’s. Take a look at the 7am’s site.
    spuds going nowhere……

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ve maintained a spreadsheet on Mike Deans record against the top teams – here is the main detail.

    Games played from 2000/1 to 2016/17

    Games first then %.

    Arsenal 46 – 39.1%
    Spurs 30 – 56.7%
    Chelsea 31 – 58.1%
    Man U 46 – 56.5%
    Man C 27 – 37.0%
    Pool 1 – 100.0%

    Strange that there’s only one game involving Pool.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    That’s win %

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    So according to his past performance we will only win 4 games out of every 10.

  18. Aaron says:

    Last week was oLiver, and Arsenal have won 4 out of 17 games.
    With these two clowns officiating one knows the inevitable outcome.

  19. Big Raddy says:

    I am surprised Mr Wenger allows Dean into the ground, let alone referee another game.

    Surely the club has the right to veto the FA’s choice?

  20. VP of Oz says:

    they probably put Dean in charge in retaliation for Arsene’s comments after the last game

  21. chas says:

    Nice one, BR.

    One of the things about the spuds that keeps me going is that I think they’ve hit their peak.
    Unless they shell out massive increases in wages for next season, all of their decent players will be off.
    Even Poxytino will be after higher wages as he’ll be in such demand.

    So basically they’ve hit their peak without actually winning a damn thing.

  22. Eddie says:

    shut up fred

    I am with Jon Smethwick, Spurs have overtaken us a couple of years ago. Only by fluke we finished above them 2 years ago

    I admire their team, it is solid. And happy. And hungry. And all together. And talented. Foock. When was it last time we had such team??

    I just hope LB is right and Poch goes Spanish.

    Thanks for the post Raddy, the empty cabinet did cheer me up 🙂

  23. Aaron says:

    spuds have not overtaken anyone. When they make CL 20 years on the trot, win the EPL, the FA Cup, and get to a CL final then we can begin to have that discussion.
    And no Eddie, it was not a fluke, Leicester was the anomaly.
    The table never lies.

  24. GunnerN5 says:


    While I feel that Spurs have a vastly improved team they will never overtake us. In order to be considered successful domestically you obviously have to win either the FA Cup or the League Championship.

    Spurs have only won the league 2 times to our 13, since they last won in 1961 we have won 5 of our titles. They have won the FA Cup 8 times to our 13 and since they last won the FA Cup in 1991 we have won it 8 times.

    In fact they have not won an important domestic trophy in this century.

  25. Eddie says:

    Calm down, calm down
    I don’t mean Spurs have overtaken us in terms of history or number of trophies, no. They are simply a better team, have been for at least 3 years. The desire is there and team togetherness. I am going to wash my mouth in a minute, but they are a joy to watch. I’ll me coat now

  26. Aaron says:

    Really, better team?
    1 time in 3 years they placed above the Arsenal in the table.
    That makes the Arsenal above the spuds 2 times in 3 years. I will let you do the math and figure out who the better team is according to the table.
    How many trophies have the spuds won in the last three years? I will help you with this one too: 0 goose egg nada zip less than zero, whiles the Arsenal have won 4.

    Hope this helps.

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  30. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Top work. Great to start the day with a laugh

  31. LB says:

    Always love the morning vids.

  32. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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