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Crisis in London: similar dramas at Arsenal and Tottenham

Arsenal Unai Emery and Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino
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With Danny Rose and Henrikh Mkhitaryan questioning their club’s decisions, a similar storm is brewing at the North London clubs.

Spurs are eight places and three points off pace from the Gunners. Both Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino are facing issues managing their squad.

While Arsenal have managed to ship out players on permanent deals and on loan, Tottenham did not enjoy the same luxury.

The UEFA Champions League runner-ups failed to offload unwanted players, and now have a dressing room full of players running down their contracts. Spurs’ 14th place in the English Premier League should not come as a surprise.

England full-back, Danny Rose, epitomizes the situation at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The 29-year-old has an expiring contract but does not want to leave.

“My contract is up in 18 months’ time and I’ll leave the football club then. People [in the media] can save their time trying to get stuff ready for January about me being sold.

“Because I can tell you now: it ain’t happening. I know what people were trying to do in the summer… There were no bids — that was rubbish.”

To his credit, Pochettino has tried to remedy the situation. The Argentine tactician has allowed seven league appearances for Rose, as he still believes the full-back has a role to play, contrary to the club’s hierarchy.

On the other hand, Emery is facing a similar squad battle which he has yet to overcome. His tactics have come under question, especially his failure to integrate Mesut Ozil. The club’s highest earner was forced to the bench as Arsenal produced barren outings at the Emirates.

The Spanish manager has come under question by Mkhitaryan, who was sent on loan to Roma. The Armenian launched a scathing attack on Umery, as he justified his poor outlay for the Londoners.

“He paid more attention to tactics, so my role changed,” said Mkhitaryan. “I was starting as a winger, but had to build play with the defensive midfielder.

“It’s why I couldn’t contribute as many goals or assists.

“I like to play more freely and move wherever there’s space, but you have to do the job that the manager asks.”

First team regulars in revolt

With Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen running down their contracts at Tottenham. And Jan Vertonghen also looking at the exit door, tough times are expected for Spurs.

Arsenal too have Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unsettled at the Emirates.

Despite differing situations, a similar storm is brewing at the North London clubs.