Tottenham will struggle without Luka Modrić and Rafael van der Vaart looks at how Tottenham will struggle to cope after the exits of Luka Modrić and Rafael van der Vaart

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Rafael Van der Vaart has returned to Hamburg Photo: Paul Blank

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Modrić and Van der Vaart exits déjà vu for Spurs

With Luka Modrić and Rafael van der Vaart having left White Hart Lane, and Moussa Dembélé, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey brought in to replace them, there will certainly be a sense of déjà vu among Spurs fans.

Four years ago, Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane, the club’s two best players, departed for Manchester United and Liverpool respectively but only Roman Pavlyuchenko was added to replace their goals.

While the big Russian arguably did not get a fair chance at Spurs, he was never good enough to fill the boots of the departed strikers and the club suffered as a consequence.

It took some extraordinary man-management and rebuilding by Harry Redknapp to get them back on track, but now with their two key men leaving again, it looks like they have not learnt their lessons.

What is the point of selling your big stars if you are only going to bring in sub-standard replacements?

Spurs thought they would get João Moutinho until the move collapsed at the last minute, but they should not have let Modrić go until the Portuguese midfielder had signed.

While Dembélé, Dempsey and Sigurdsson are all good signings, none of them are of the calibre of Modrić and Van der Vaart – and that will become so telling as the season wears on.

Could Wilshere face a fight for Arsenal spot?

Arsenal fans were left despairing when Jack Wilshere was ruled out for the majority of last season, but with his return on the horizon, is he about to give Arsène Wenger a headache?

Despite only just turning 20, Wilshere quickly became one of Arsenal’s key midfield components in 2010-11 and both the Gunners and England were devastated when he was side-lined with ankle, foot and knee injuries.

After 13 months, he is back and ready for business, but is he still needed?

Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding Arsenal this summer they have started the season well and are still yet to concede a goal.

But while the defence has been on top form, it is the midfield trio of Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Santi Cazorla that have got the Gunners ticking.

Diaby has been a surprise, Cazorla has been a revelation, while Arteta has been his usually consistent self.

Does this mean that Wilshere will have to bide his time to get back into the starting team?

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