Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  By By Amy Lawrence  |  Last updated 9/2/13
After so much meticulous and methodical groundwork this summer, all did not go quite according to plan for Tottenham on Sunday. The club went into their derby against Arsenal knowing that soon after the final whistle the Gareth Bale transfer saga would be officially concluded. The statements had been written, the announcement was imminent. It was never going to be a celebratory moment, even though the Bale sale is jaw-dropping business, but in the end the timing hurt. Tottenham had made the four mile journey across London with their exciting cluster of newly signed players, hoping to demonstrate that life after Bale brims with promise. Naturally, one result means very little in terms of how they are trying to rebuild. But what a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal did show is that whatever promise they have, it is going to take time for it to blossom. There is quite a balancing act that Andre Villas-Boas has to get right before he is in a position to get the best out of the new team they have a...
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