Arsenal v Spurs Preview - William Gallas
William Gallas made the bold switch from Arsenal to Tottenham in the summer of 2010 – a move then manager Harry Redknapp stated was a “no-brainer”. In the process, he became the first player to represent Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea during their career. William chats exclusively to Genting Casino ahead of what is expected to be another emotionally charged North London Derby.
Spurs Defensive Frailties
The French centre-back spent three seasons at White Hart Lane but – speaking exclusively to Genting ahead of the North London derby – worries about the state of Tottenham’s current back line.
He said: “To improve their defence, they have to bring in top-class players which, at the moment, they don’t have.
“If Spurs want to qualify for the Champions League and compete for titles, they need to bring the right players at the back.
“I think it will be a really difficult season for Tottenham [because] they didn’t sign any top-class defenders.”
Top Four Tough For Spurs
Spurs have slipped away from the Champions League places in recent seasons – and the 84-cap former French international knows they are in a real battle, if they want to reach the top four again.
“Normally a good season for Tottenham would be to qualify for the Champions League,” he said.
“When I look at the Tottenham squad, I don’t think they have a chance at lifting the Premier League.
“Maybe they can win a cup, but they should be aiming to qualify for the Champions League.”
Managerial Stability Needed
Following several seasons of stability under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham look to have reverted back to their former ways, having parted company with Jose Mourinho almost as quickly as they hired him.
Gallas feels that if they want success, the club have to stick by and back Nuno Espirito Santo.
“That is a problem in football, the owner or the president of the club doesn’t give time to the manager,” he explained.
“A manager needs time, at least two years.
“Normally, after the second season, if he doesn’t deliver you can sack him.
“That is the life of a coach at a big club, I think Nuno needs time and should be given time.”
And as for the likelihood of Espirito Santo still being in the role next season, Gallas is pretty confident we’ll see the Portuguese boss remain in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium dugout.
He said: “It will depend on the results at the end of the season.
“As I said, Nuno has to adapt to his new club so normally next season he will be in charge with Tottenham.”
Form Out The Window For The Derby
After a bright start, Tottenham have fallen to back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, but Gallas knows as well as anyone that form goes out of the window in North London derby matches.
The Frenchman lost just two of the ten derbies that he featured in across both sides of the divide, and strongly believes a positive result at the Emirates on Sunday could provide a springboard for the season ahead.
“We know the season has just started, but everyone knows that both of these clubs will not win the league.
“They have to fight between each other to try to qualify for the Champions League.
“That’s why this game is so important, as well as being the North London derby, one of these clubs has to look to qualify for the Champions League.
“It is a crucial game in the race for the top four.”