The north London derby that could turn the tide

For years now, Tottenham Hotspur fans have been made to live in the shadow of Arsenal.

While the Gunners may not have picked up a trophy in eight years, their continuous success on the pitch and regular Champions League participation has seen those at White Hart Lane glance envious eyes down Seven Sisters road at their north London counterparts.

However, heading into Sunday’s north London derby, Spurs are currently lying in four points ahead of the Gunners in third place following the 3-2 win over West Ham United. Gareth Bale has been the lynchpin in their current run of form, which has seen them lose just once in the Premier League since the 5-2 humbling at the hands of Arsenal back in November.

Arsenal, in the same period, have succumbed to defeat three times, with many a fan sweating over the possibility of failure to land Champions League football once again. Yet, could a win for Spurs on Sunday see the pendulum finally swing in the favour of the white half of north London?

Ask any Spurs fan and they’ll tell you the amount of false dawns they’ve had to overcome when talked up as the season being the one they finally leapfrog Arsenal in the league. The closest they came last year was finishing a solitary point behind the Gunners, despite having a 13 point cushion between themselves and Arsene Wenger’s side.

Capitulation aside, a win for Spurs will see them move seven points clear of their heated rivals and with 10 games to go following the weekend fixture, it could finally be the year the Lilywhites overcome Arsenal for the first time in almost 20 years.  

Ben McAleer

5 Responses to The north London derby that could turn the tide

  1. February 28, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    hahaha COYS.
    The tide has already turned; Lloris, Holtby and Vertonghen all chose us over you.

  2. John Smith February 28, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Yeah I doubt consistent CL failure is anything to be envious about.

  3. Catcher February 28, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Last year they only got Champions League on the last day of the season by drawing at WBA, the Albion keeper must have taken a bung as it was the worst goal keeping performance i have ever seen, he even punched one goal into his own net when he was not even being challenged by a Arsenal player

  4. February 28, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Building and almost paying off the Emirates Stadium has cost us as a team no doubt…however who would rather play in that craphole in Tottenham High Road and talk for years about building a stadium and pushing the date back or trying to highjack the Olympic Stadium- will they build it? Just like Liverpool – total rubbish and complete jealously. Imagine how a spud feels seeing our stadium and know what they have now?

    Since Wenger came, he won the league three times – Undefeated at the shite hole (They have only won the league twice in their “History”? whereas we have won it 13 times) and kept us competitive. Look at London Coney and other infrastructure Arsenal now have, the Highbury flat conversion maintains our history so it is still there is spirit – Invincible 2004 was the peak for me!

    We have been spoilt with so much success compared to the spuds that it is killing them, they continously go on about us etc. Only now have they improved in a weakend Premiership and STILL they cannot win the league! What will happen when they build a stadium and try and compete??

    This is an Arsenal blog, naff off spuddies – you will not beat our history, never be Invincible, never go on a 49 Unbeaten run etc – TOUGH

    Remember Gooners, we are coming out of a double dip recession and have almost paid off our stadium and have kept competitive thoughout. Good times will come again. Forget the red top media bashing and anti-Arsenal Talk Shite etc.

    Dennis Bergkamp will have a statue soon, cannot wait to see a legend immortalised outside the Emirates. For those who doubt, check out the Unbeaten 49 DVD and remember how privelleged we were and I can tell you other teams would kill to have a DVD like that!! Especially other teams who have not won the league since 1961 and never again.

    Up the Gunners!

  5. mg February 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Hahaaa! F*ck off you spurs. We won the league at shite hart lane.

    Did you enjoy that?

    your trophy is to finish above us LOL That is not going to happen. If you fluke it one year, savour that feeling because it will be DECADES before you feel it again.

    Probably never. MUGS

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