Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Redknapp looks to end long wait

September 27, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham Hotspur can overtake Arsenal this season but insists he is not writing the Gunners off.

Harry Redknapp, Arsene Wenger
GettyImagesHarry Redknapp is hoping to take Tottenham back into the Champions League

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Tottenham meet Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday and, with Arsene Wenger's men having suffered a dismal start to the campaign, it is Spurs who go into the meeting as favourites.

At this early stage of the season, Tottenham have a game in hand on their arch rivals and a two-point advantage and, although Redknapp is keen to put things into perspective, he hopes Spurs can finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1994-95.

"I think we can overhaul Arsenal," he said in the Daily Mirror. "It will be tight but I would never write Arsenal off. Sometimes when things go wrong, you know what it is like - everything goes wrong.

"There is nothing that you can do right. Arsenal have had one of those starts - two own goals, you name it - but they have got good players."

Wenger is currently enduring the most miserable spell since his arrival in England in 1996. The Frenchman, after dispelling doubts when first named Arsenal boss, had always been held in the highest esteem both by Gunners fans and the English press, but recently his reputation has come under fire.

Redknapp said: "I can understand what Wenger is going through. It must be a nightmare for him because he has never had it before.

"I have always said that when Arsene first came here all the other coaches were condemned. People said that we were all jumping around like idiots and that Arsene was just sitting there like a chess grandmaster.

"It was as if he was a professor of chess sitting there as if he was studying every move while these other idiots are shouting and screaming, but if you were winning every game of course you could sit there with your hand behind your head asking your number two: 'What's the score? Three-nil? Oh, wake me up when we get four!'

"Now? Suddenly you get beat and he is jumping around like the rest of us! But he is a fantastic manager. He is top class. He knows the game and they will be bang in there again. He is one of the best in my opinion."

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