Have Spurs Finally Turned The Tide On "St. Totteringham’s Day?"
The rivalry between Spurs and Arsenal has to go down as one of the most legendary not only in the Premier League but also the world over, given how feisty things can get. This has been exemplified perfectly in the Arsenal fans former celebration of "St. Totteringham’s Day", traditionally known as the day when Arsenal could mathematically guarantee a place in the league above Spurs. However, more recent times have seen the white side of North London close the gap and overtake Arsenal in the last few seasons, and they could be opening up a gap of their own.
When it comes to the current season, things have been rather close between the two rival sides, with Spurs edging it for most of the year over the Gunners. This is also reflected in Premier League odds where the Lilywhites are better placed than the Gunners to finish in this season’s European places, with recent odds of 4/5 contrasting Arsenal’s 23/5 by some margin.
It should come as little surprise that Spurs have performed better than Arsenal this season, at least in terms of their league placing, currently seven points above their rivals. The lethal partnership of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane is in stark contrast to Arsenal's lethargy in attacking areas. This has been characterised by a lack of service for any of the forwards in the Gunners’ ranks, even if some individual players have stood out, such as English starlet Bukayo Saka.
In 2017 Spurs registered a Premier League points total victory over Arsenal for the first time since 1994/95. Spurs were runners-up to Arsenal’s fifth place. Despite the Gunners winning the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea, they failed to finish in the top four for the first time in 21 years.
In the 2016/17 season, it was Spurs’ registering of a 2-0 home victory over the red side of North London that propelled them above their arch-rivals. This, of course, sent Arsenal to the Europa League where they have plied their trade ever since.
The last real time that Spurs had a nice consecutive run of higher league positions than Arsenal can be traced back to the 1960s. That first instance in 1960/61 also coincided with Tottenham became the first English top-flight club to do a domestic double with the then First Division and the FA Cup. The sixties was the decade where Spurs generally ruled over their rivals, backed up by the fact that the period from the mid-fifties until 1971 would be one of Arsenal’s longest barren periods without a trophy. We won't say any more about 1971!
Tottenham have certainly started to turn the tide on "St. Totteringham’s Day" in recent years and kept the Arsenal fans quiet on this issue. However, if Mikel Arteta can get Arsenal playing the way he wants them to, there could just be a chance of Arsenal turning the tide back in their favour. Long may Spurs reign!
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