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Life Isn't So Bad .......

When Tottenham walked off the field after being beaten 5-0 over two legs by Real Madrid, they walked off to the sounds of cheers, applause and commentators up and down the land praising them.

Henry Winter cooed in the Telegraph "Spurs celebrated an amazing European odyssey."

Phil McNulty joined the love in, describing Tottenham as losing "in great style." It was positive spin of Colonel Gadaffi proportions.

They were battered, to the point where, when Sandro wandered into the Madrid penalty area and promptly became another victim of the White Hart Lane sniper in the stands, Jose Mourinho was not angry, he just smirked, shook his head and laughed at the desperation.

This was no Leeds United in 2001, yet as a result of the run, Gareth Bale is the clear favourite to be named player of the season this year. The Welsh winger has certainly improved, but the nomination seems to be for one performance, against Inter Milan when he scored a hat trick. Whilst it certainly was a magnificent performance, so was Dirk Kuyt`s 3 goal salvo against Manchester United.

Bale has scored 7 goals and 3 assists, 110 fantasy football points, in this Premiership season. Andrei Arshavin has scored 6 goals and 11 assists, 130 fantasy football points in a season described by David Hytner of The Guardian as 'misfiring.` He also scored the winner against Barcelona. Bale didn`t play in Spurs` unbeaten games against Milan, but did when they lost so miserably to Madrid.

There`s clear media bias, and not just with Bale, but the club as a whole. The same Phil McNulty that waxed so lyrically about Tottenham`s season, where they remain outside of the top 4 and without the chance to win any competitions, has also given his opinions on Arsenal: "The evidence has once again piled up in the last two weeks that Wenger and his players can no longer be trusted to deliver when it matters." The same Arsenal that remain in the hunt for the title.

Redknapp, it would seem, is a nailed on certainty for the England job when it comes around after the 'miracles` he has performed with Spurs. That miracle involves 'rescuing` a season, when they were only 8 games in. Finishing 4th in one season and spending a total of £95 million in two years, including £10million on 2 right backs called Kyle; Naughton and Walker, who have 4 first team appearances between them since. Other highlights include buying Piscal Chimbonda for £3 million then selling him a £1million loss 6 months later, and spending £12million on club hero Robbie Keane, before only playing him 41 times and sending him out on loan. If he does get the England job, it`s a good thing he can`t make transfers.

Redknapp is right to point out the spending of Chelsea and Man City, as he often likes to, and so maybe it is that Spurs aren`t underachieving, but just that Arsenal are massively overachieving. Since Redknapp took over Wenger has made £24.2 million in transfer fees for the club and the club record transfer remains lower than Tottenham`s.

Whilst Spurs flounder in the courts to try and force through their rights to buy a brand new stadium on the other side of London, so they can demolish it and build another, Arsenal are enjoying the financial benefits that come with the late, great Danny Fizman`s vision made flesh; The Emirates.

It would seem that, as a nation, we feel a day in the sun bought with nearly £100 million worth of splurging, is a greater achievement than sound financial planning and years of hard word that lead to over achievement, year on year on year.

No wonder our economy is in such a mess.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Lewis Wright
Date:Friday April 15 2011
Time: 4:56PM


Cracking article, right on the money .... it's just a shame no-one outside the Arsenal community is willing to listen.
15/04/2011 16:59:00
I,m listening but all I hear is ducks farting. What a load of utter *****e. Still when your season is over there is not much else for you Goons to write about. What have you won againg this year? Roll on Wednesday.
Horny Helen
15/04/2011 17:13:00
The biggest load of drivel ive ever read. This was our first year in the CL and we did great. You and Man Utd took years to get accustomed to doing well in the CL - Mr Lewis i know youre an unbelievably blinkered Arsenal fan, possibly the worst one on here - But at least try give credit where its due. And we seriously had zero luck over both legs it was almost laughable. While id agree that Bale wouldnt be my pick as player of the year hes been great in almost ever game especially in europe. And as for the lack of Sun dream team points which by the rating you're scoring Arshavin over Bale, i think your players would have about 10 assists less each if you had a strikeforce consisting of a Giraffe and biting midget who have a combined premierleague tally of 6 goals between them.
15/04/2011 17:14:00
Reading on it just gets even worse, when Harry took over we were in a perilous position and Levy panicked and gave him a wad to spend his way out of trouble. Now when you're in the relegation zone the likes of Nasri, Arshavin etc dont want to sign you so Harry went for players who we could actually attract to the club such as Keane, Palacios and Defoe. And guess what - it worked. In the summer just gone we had a net spend of £13m - £3m less than you and our kitty didnt involve Sebastian Squillaci.
15/04/2011 17:19:00
First year in the CL after spending hundreds of millions of pounds to get there. Yes you did well in the tournament, better than I thought you would, but it's cost an absolute fortune to do it. It also looks like the run may have cost you a shot in next years competition too .... though I guess time will tell on that one. Needless to say it comes as no suprise that you Spurs fans are missing the point .... no suprising really, but the point is that despite what we've acomplished over the last 15 years, people look at the short term ALL THE TIME. It's why football is in such a **** state. People look at us and say "you haven't won anything in 5 years" and forget what we've built and accomplished on a shoe string. They look at spurs and say "Wow, look what they did in the champions league" (even a 5-0 white wash is some how deemed a victory), but forget about the massive fortunes you've spent to get there. Up until a couple of years ago Spurs were the third biggest spenders in PL history. Tells you everything you need to know.
15/04/2011 17:23:00
95% of all the money spent by Spurs is made by Spurs, equally sound financially. I agree that some of Arry's transfers are way off the mark, but if you add up the transfer fee's of the players that played against Madrid you would struggle to justify your'e article.
15/04/2011 17:25:00
It took the goons 8 attempts to get out of the group stages of the took us 1. when we wanted to win the milk cup, we won it. When the goons wanted to win the milk cup....they failed. NUFF SAID LOL tell em Helen!!
15/04/2011 17:28:00
See you on wednesday mate, 6 points for Spurs off you lot!
15/04/2011 17:30:00
wow.... a football team spent money!!! stop the feckin press guys, we got a scandal!!! the only worrying thing here is a SPURS article on an ARSEnal Thread.....u guys are thinking about us too much!!. Havent you got a new Baron/owner and Cesc leaving to worry ya selves about??? Mupps
15/04/2011 17:46:00
Again ..... you're missing the point. Of course Lewis' article intended to cause a bit of uproar (presumably ahead of next weeks NLD?), but the point is that we're doing alright consider what we've built over the last 10 years. Doing better than you lot despite spending far less to achieve it. If FIFA brought in their financial fair play rules at their strictest level next season then we'd probably win the Champions League by default. "That's the only way you will win it" I hear you say, maybe so, but at least we've been doing things under our own steam. That's something we Arsenal fans on an Arsenal site should rightly be proud of.
15/04/2011 18:00:00
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