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Andre Villas-Boas gives his views on Arsenal’s alleged freefall

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA wire Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA wire

Friday, November 16, 2012
8:25 AM

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas disagrees with the view that Arsenal are in freefall.

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Some have suggested that Tottenham will have no better chance of beating their arch rivals given the Gunners’ poor start to the season.

Wenger’s men conceded five against Reading in the Capital One Cup, lost to Norwich and drew against Fulham last week after missing a last minute penalty, leaving them 11 points off the top of the table.

Villas-Boas does not subscribe to the theory that Arsenal are in free fall under Wenger, however.

“Their position (in the league) is completely irrelevant,” he said.

“Last season they had a poor start and managed to clinch third spot by picking up points. You drop three points, you are condemned.

“This is the nature of the Premier League.”

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Arsenal

Nickname: The Gunners.

Ground: Emirates Stadium (capacity 60,361).

Founded: 1886.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004.

FA Cup: 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005.

League Cup: 1987, 1993.

Fairs Cup: 1970.

Cup Winners’ Cup: 1994.

Leading goalscorer: Thierry Henry, 228.

Leading appearances: David O’Leary, 722.