Why Tottenham will blow Arsenal out of the water
COMMENT By Matt Farr
The north London rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of the fiercest rivalries in English football, but history has often seen Arsenal come out on top.
However, the events that have unfolded over the course of the current campaign suggests an abrupt change of course, and Tottenham fans may have a lot to cheer about at the end of the season.
Tottenham have not finished above Arsenal in the Premier League for 22 years, but the 2016-17 season looks set to grant them their long-awaited moment in the spotlight.
The main difference between the two sides this season is that while Tottenham are rising rapidly to the top, Arsenal are in free-fall.
That, plus the six point margin currently in favour of Tottenham in the league table.
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But Arsenal’s decade-long problems appear to have had such a lasting effect on their pursuit of silverware this term that they may not just miss out on the title, but also on a place in the top four; not to mention finishing behind Tottenham.
They are the subject of ridicule at the moment. No one knows whether Arsene Wenger will be staying on beyond the end of the season, while their two best players – Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – could also be on the way out.
Their 10-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League eclipsed their problems, and proved just how much work needs to be done to bring back the much feared Arsenal of old.
At White Hart Lane, meanwhile, there doesn’t appear to be a single problem in sight; at least nothing quite so drastic.
The fans are behind the team, the manager and the club, and the results have been nothing but positive. The immediate reward will be a second consecutive top four finish and qualification for the Champions League.
But the added bonus, and one of the main incentives over the remaining 11 games of the season, will be to leave Arsenal in their wake.
Yet although the Gunners have a game in hand over Tottenham, it just doesn’t look likely that Arsenal will do enough between now and May to better their rivals.
Arsenal still have to play the likes of Manchester City, United and Everton; while Tottenham face seven sides currently outside the top ten.
There’s also the north London derby to contend with on April 30th, but is difficult to look past a home win for Spurs based on the current gulf in mentality between the two sides.
Arsenal’s struggles will continue until the curtain comes down in May, and it would comes as little surprise if Tottenham were to press home an advantage of more than ten points.
In other Tottenham news, Guillem Balague has offered his verdict as to where this in-form ace will be playing next season.