AVB: Spurs' dealing trumps Gunners'

14 September 2013 09:31

Andre Villas-Boas thinks Tottenham have done a better job in the transfer market than Arsenal despite their rivals' capture of Mesut Ozil.

After a summer of abstinence, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger finally opened his cheque book on transfer deadline day to sign Germany midfielder Ozil for £42.5million from Real Madrid.

Although Spurs have lost Gareth Bale to the Spanish giants, they have reinvested the money quickly, signing seven international players at a cost of over £100million.

Roberto Soldado has made an immediate impact, scoring four goals in four, while there is huge excitement among the club's fans about the potential of 21-year-old Erik Lamela and former Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, who cost £11.5million.

The spending from Spurs and Manchester City significantly outweighed that of their rivals and Villas-Boas thinks that means he is in a stronger position than those around him, including Arsenal boss Wenger.

"All of us have done good business in the transfer window, but Manchester City and us maybe a little bit more than Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool," the Tottenham manager said.

"We are happy with what we have done in the transfer window, extremely happy.

"Arsenal did a great last-minute coup with Ozil but they will be as competitive as they were before."

Although Villas-Boas is a fan of Ozil's ability, he admits the Gunners paid a big price for a player who usually operates in a position where Arsenal are strong in numbers.

"He is a wonderful, gifted footballer and in the end Arsenal paid heavily for a player of that dimension," Villas-Boas said.

Source: PA