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Poll: Is Spurs’ bench better than Arsenal’s?

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Robbie Keane knows a thing or two about the bench, having of course parked himself on one at Liverpool for six months. So when he talks about them, thespoiler listens.

Having realised trying to claim Spurs have a better team, manager, ground, history or support than Arsenal was ludicrous, Robbie decided to attack the Gunners where it hurts – the all-important sub selection. Keane told the London Evening Standard:

“You look at the two squads and we’re definitely on a par. It will be judged at the end of the season but if you look at the bench we have, it is probably a little bit stronger than their bench.”

Indeed, the North London derby this Saturday should provide a perfect opportunity for Keane to test his theory, when with ten minutes left, and three goals ahead, Wenger turns to his bench to rest key players ahead of the midweek fixture.

But is Keano right? Here are the two benches for the most recent league games:

Tottenham’s bench v Stoke: Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Alan Hutton, Carlo Cudicini, Gareth Bale, Kyle Naughton
Arsenal’s bench v West Ham: Nicklas Bendtner, Eduardo, Manuel Almunia, Mikael Silvestre, Samir Nasri, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs

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4 responses so far
  • StevenageYid // October 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    It is a nice shade of navy blue whereas Ar5ena1′s is a ghastly red!

  • kingbob // October 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

    This isnt biased at all!!

  • Megat // October 29, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I’m not being biased here,eventhough I admit I’m an Arsenal fan,but the looks on the Spurs bench doesn’t scare anyone,as only Jenas who I think could bring something to the game on the Spurs bench while Pavlyuchenko hadn’t been at his best..The Arsenal bench is far more superior,could bring on Nasri,Eduardo and Ramsey or Bendtner and the game could be changed easily..anyway,it’s just my opinion..

  • John Swaine // October 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Arsenal’s bench will be better for the match. No question.

    Tottenham’s bench overall probably gets given the nod as there’s Lennon, Defoe and Modric all out injured at the moment (what a coincidence, Tottenham’s 3 best players).

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