Ian Wright says Arsenal should be ‘jealous’ of Tottenham signings, with Conte’s men backed to ‘cause problems’

Ian Wright pundit, March 2018

Ian Wright admits he is ‘jealous’ of Tottenham’s transfer business this summer, with the pundit ‘arming himself’ by trying to focus on Arsenal’s signings instead.

Tottenham have brought in four new players so far. Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster have arrived on free transfers, from Inter Milan and Southampton respectively.

Antonio Conte’s side have spent £25million to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton, as well as £60m on Brazil forward Richarlison from Everton.

Djed Spence is close to becoming their fifth capture of the summer window. According to The Telegraph, Tottenham are on the verge of agreeing a deal with Middlesbrough for the right-back.

North London rivals Arsenal have been busy too, signing Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira to improve their attacking options.

Matt Turner and Marquinhos have also arrived to bolster the Gunners squad and potentially become top players in the future.

But Wright clearly thinks Spurs have had a better window, as he is ‘frightened’ by Conte’s squad for next season.

During an appearance on his Wrighty’s House podcast, the former striker said (via the Evening Standard): “I feel Tottenham are going to cause problems.

Tottenham are ‘frightening’ – Ian Wright

“You can’t not be jealous of that summer, especially coming from the other side of North London.

“They are frightening, man. Everything we are doing at Arsenal, I am putting on as my armour.

“We have Vieira. We have two number 10s now. And we are still trying for [Youri] Tielemans. And we have Gabriel Jesus.

“So, you are trying to arm yourself because the Tottenham fans are saying ‘well, we have Bissouma now, Richarlison, [Harry] Kane, then [Rodrigo] Bentancur is going to kick in and we have seen what [Cristian] Romero is about’.

“When you look at how Tottenham can flex when they are doing it under this manager, it kind of makes me feel s***.”

Spurs certainly have the more experienced manager, too. Conte has won league titles in England and Italy, as well as lifting the FA Cup once and Italian super cup twice.

Arteta is still in the first few years of his managerial career. He is doing well, having won the FA Cup in 2020 and gotten Arsenal to be competitive again. However, most would back Conte’s Spurs to come out on top when the teams go head-to-head for a Champions League spot again next term.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe is reportedly among a list of seven players who could leave Arsenal this summer.