Date: 27th June 2019 at 8:38am
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Arsenal’s relatively bleak standing within English football became clearer overnight as rivals Spurs edged closer to a £65m signing.

With the sum to seal a reported done deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele eclipsing that of The Gunners’ entire transfer budget, fans were left to come to terms with the possibility that their arch-rivals had surpassed their club in the current footballing world.

As supporters lamented Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium – which subsequently saw a period of restricted investment at the club – Tottenham’s first signing for over a year comes just months after belatedly moving to a new stadium of their own.

That led some fans to wonder how there is such a contrast in the shapes of the two clubs currently, with some even giving credit to Spurs’ ability to sell players for high fees – which Arsenal have demonstrated a lack of during this summer alone.

And Spurs’ continued appearance in the Champions League put into context the stark price Arsenal are paying with their prolonged absence from the competition.

All things considered, it seems that some fans may be coming round to admitting that Arsenal are no longer the top dogs in North London: