Wenger points to Spurs star exits as reason for AVB style makeover

13:38 16 November 2012

Former Tottenham stars Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA wire

Former Tottenham stars Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA wire

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Arsene Wenger believes that Spurs have replaced flair with power but doesn’t put that solely down manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The two rivals do battle at the Emirates tomorrow on what will be the 125th anniversary of the north London derby.

Both side one on their home fixture last term but the Arsenal boss expects to face a very different side to the one that Harry Redknapp presented back in February when the Gunners ran out 5-2 winners.

The new man in charge at White Hart Lane has drawn criticism for being too cautious but Wenger isn’t convinced it’s all of the Portuguese’s making.

“I don’t think it’s specifically the change of manager that has changed the style, it’s the change of players as well,” the Frenchman said.

“To me, they look like a team that has lost two creative players with [Rafael] Van Der Vaart and [Luka] Modric.

“They are more robust, physically, and stronger in the impact and contacts.

“[They are] still very dangerous on counter attacks and on the flanks with [Gareth] Bale and [Emmanuel] Adebayor.

“They are quick, dangerous and sharp.

“They are quite physical with Sandro and [Tom] Huddlestone.”

Nevertheless, the derby fixture has provided goals galore in recent years with last season’s Emirates high-scoring win for Arsenal coming after a memorable 4-4 draw in 2008 and a 5-1 win for Spurs earlier that year.

“What does it say about the fixture?” Wenger questioned, adding: “Usually it’s a game played at a frenetic pace with two teams that go for it.

“That’s why you always see goals and they are spectacular games.

“They quality of the games has always been very good.”

The Arsenal boss also dismissed the suggestion that the 12.45pm kick-off would dampen down and ferocity.

He said: “No, I don’t think so, 12.45 is a bit of an unusual time but I like to get up in the morning and play football. They earlier the better, that’s all right for me.”

Related articles

Live Blog Deadline Day Live - February 2

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

We couldn’t have played it better ourselves.

Read more

Murray’s emotions were clear as Novak Djokovic took a victory that had looked in real doubt.

Read more

Includes a ‘Reasons I want to marry Harry Styles’ journal. You have been warned.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to celebrate this Valentines Day over a deliciously romantic afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant and Bar. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, London Hilton on Park Lane presents the ultimate romantic afternoon out with its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Nothing says

iWOOT has a great selection of quirky Valentine’s Day gifts for every possible person and partner.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Adrian Chiles is no longer ITV's main man... so why not test your knowledge of some of his (and others') greatest gaffes? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With news of presenter Adrian Chiles’ sacking by ITV, it’s a good time to remember some of the most memorable punditry blunders.

Read more
£50million Fernando Torres and former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglous are two of the biggest transfer flops in recent Premier League history

The transfer window is a time for optimisim, but it doesn’t always work out for the best...

Read more
Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News