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AVB: Spurs' dealing trumps Gunners'
Published : 14 Sep 2013 09:31:54Rss feed
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.
"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.
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