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New Tottenham Hotspur fan favourite, and the latest player tipped to end England’s inability to actually be any good in international tournaments, Dele Alli, was asked whether he’d rather play for Arsenal or retire:
“I’m hanging my boots up!”
Naturally, that was the former MK Dons player’s response, because it falls perfectly in line with the PR/propaganda drivel that we demand of our ‘heroes’. And no Tottenham player, or any player of a rival, would reply any differently to Alli.
What you have to ask, though, is that if the England international was allowed to give an honest answer, without any repercussions, would the 20-year-old still choose White Hart Lane over the Emirates Stadium?
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Would you rather play for a manager who revolutionised the game in England, and is one of the finest ever or play for a gaffer who is revolutionising the game and on their way to becoming one of the finest in football?
Pochettino clearly trusts Alli and has given the attacking-midfielder the responsibility and freedom to express himself. Whereas, at Arsenal, Alli would surely be concerned by the progress/development of international team-mates Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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‘Potentially’ is the answer when asking the question of whether Alli will win trophies with Tottenham and it’s also the answer for the same question for Arsenal.
But there’s certainly more potential for trophies at Arsenal, as Wenger’s time with the Gunners has shown. Furthermore, with the Lilywhites’ new stadium on the cards, it will be a difficult few years for them, as Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium showed – one day Le Professeur’s continual top four finishes during that period will receive the credit it deserves.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 13, 2016
Truth is, Alli probably suits both teams styles; he can play the intense, robust football under Pochettino but is certainly capable to join in with Wenger’s ‘beautiful’ football. Therefore, you’re probably looking at the levels of competition for places.
At Arsenal, irrelevant of your opinion of the players, Alli will be up against Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez for a starting spot. However, at Spurs, Alli is very much the main man with no real competition of note.
What you saying?