The battle for north London: Can Tottenham finally finish above Arsenal?

You would prefer Harry Kane to Olivier Giroud in attack. Eric Dier and Dele Alli are surely a better option than the injury-prone Jack Wilshere and the enigma that is Mesut Ozil in the centre of midfield.

Solid as a rock last season, Spurs also boast a stronger defence. The clubs also shop in the same areas of the market these days – Arsenal’s ability to outspend their rivals is over.

When Wenger’s side beat the MLS All-Stars in San Jose recently their fans celebrated on social media with a dig at Spurs, recalling that their rivals lost the same fixture in 2015.

Somehow, you feel Spurs fans might just end up with the final word this season.

They begin their quest for glory with a tasty looking trip to Goodison Park on Saturday. That is followed by a London derby against Crystal Palace at the Lane the weekend after.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have televised clashes against Liverpool and champions Leicester City to contend with in the opening weeks of the season.

The battle for the capital could get interesting very early this season.

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