The old adage of it being grim up north appears to apply to London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham after this summer’s transfer dealings – or rather lack of them.
Fans of both clubs have expressed their frustration at the shortage of new arrivals after the window closed.
The Gunners’ only signing was goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea for £10m, making them the only club from a major European league not to recruit an outfield player this summer.
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust has questioned why mre players weren’t recruited.
A statement read: “Arsenal are in a very strong financial position and it is of course disappointing that the transfer window has closed with just the signing of Petr Cech.
“Arsenal have built a strong squad and just one or two more good additions would have strengthened the chances of winning a first title in 11 years.
“No one wants Arsenal to buy players just for the sake of it, but we do want to see the money being invested to make the club stronger.”
Spurs made more signings but missed out on West Brom striker Saido Berahino despite repeated bids, leaving fans feeling angry.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust said: “We think a credible explanation from the board to address the genuine concerns of supporters, many of whom have backed the current board consistently, is now required.
“We welcome the good signings that have been made, but are concerned at the gaps that still exist and the pressure this places on the manager and the team.”