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Glenn Hoddle explains why Arsenal are better than Tottenham at the moment

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Tottenham Hotspur icon Glenn Hoddle claimed on his podcast this week that Arsenal have a slight edge over his former club at the moment.

Both North London clubs have had a shocking campaign in the Premier League. Arsenal never really got going this season, while Spurs capitulated right after people named them as contenders for the title.

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Tottenham managed to finish one place and one point ahead of the Gunners thanks to their final day win over Leicester City. That led some people to believe that Spurs are the better club in North London, but Hoddle feels the opposite.

The former Tottenham man claimed that both sides are at a crossroads at the moment, but he believes that Arsenal have an edge over our North London neighbours just because of our excellent young players.

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He said on The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show: “I think both clubs are at a crossroads, I wouldn’t say they’re a mess, but they’re at a crossroads and they need to get some work done.

:I think they’re very similar, but where Arsenal are slightly ahead of Tottenham is, do you remember when Pochettino put a group of young Spurs players in and they all grew together? Some were from the academy, others like Dele Alli were bought, there was a youthfulness about that team.

“That’s what Arsenal have got at the moment. They’ve got five or six really good youngsters that are getting in the first-team and have first-team experience.”

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The Insider’s View:

Back in the 2015/16 season, Tottenham only had five players over the age of 25 in their squad. That really is astonishing considering how much managers value experience over youth at the top level.

Mikel Arteta’s current Arsenal team is fairly young, but it’s nowhere near as young as Pochettino’s side from six years ago. However, the big difference is that a few of Arsenal’s youngsters are outperforming some of the best players in the country.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have been exceptional this season, while Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Magalhaes, both 23, have had really impressive campaigns as well.

Arteta has already achieved more than Pochettino ever did at Tottenham with this young squad. He now has to build on the FA Cup and Community Shield he won last year, and that will arguably make or break his career at the Emirates.

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