The Difference Between Arsenal and Spurs…

By on October 1, 2011

I only got into football when I was 10 years old, so I have been spoilt as an Arsenal fan with the North London derbies. Since Wenger took charge, Arsenal have only lost in the league twice to Tottenham, and that was only in recent seasons. “St Totteringham’s Day”, the day where Spurs can officially no longer finish above Arsenal, has been celebrated since 1996 and the gulf between the red and white of North London became massive.

The North London derby for me used to be a great game to enjoy. Even though the games would usually be close, it was a big game for no other reason than our geographical rivalry. Spurs would have needed a step-ladder to reach us in the table! I remember when Arsenal won the season we went unbeaten, at White Hart Lane; I celebrated our great achievement whilst my Spurs-supporting friend celebrated the fact they came from two goals down to get a draw. Yes, probably a moral victory, but it shows you how far apart the ambitions of the two teams were at that time.

The situation now, however, is very different. Spurs may have lost their opening two fixtures, but they were to both Manchester clubs, and let’s face it, a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United looks a decent result compared to the debacle we’ve shown last month. The gap has been getting closer over the years. Martin Jol came “a dodgy lasagne” away from stealing fourth spot from us in 2006. Then, Juande Ramos won the Carling Cup in 2008, with Harry Redknapp coming in and establishing them as a consistent Champions League contenders; their ambitions have changed.

Arsenal, however, have worsened. The last time we finished the season with a total of more than 80 points was in 2008. We shortly lost key players like Adebayor and Flamini, then failed to replace them. Again, this summer we lost key players. Our talismanic captain, Cesc, and a superb talent in Samir Nasri. Tottenham, however, kept hold of their starlet, Luka Modric despite Chelsea bidding £40m for him (that’s about £6m more than what we sold Fabregas for). We have brought in quality to replace them, but not of the same calibre. Some may say that Spurs are now more ambitious than us these days. Are they?

For the first time in my memory,we go into the weekend’s game not only beneath them in the table, but the underdogs. All I know is that our rivalry is more intense than before and with our constant faltering in defence, I am genuinely scared of this weekend’s game. In short, to get one over on the “Old Enemy” once more would be massive for all Arsenal fans and we can possibly start to believe there is still optimism for a successful season.

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  1. Spursman

    October 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Good article and true, I think for the first time you are genuinely the underdogs for this game which may not suit Spurs as being favourites.

  2. Yidango

    October 1, 2011 at 9:58 am


  3. Essexian76

    October 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Most games over the past decade or so at the Lane have actually been drawn despite the gulf in league status. Arsenal maybe supposed underdogs come Sunday, but it means nothing if history is anything to go by. But where you correctly state facts about Arsenal you fail to consider the simple facts that Arsenal have benefitted considerably through the Premier League and European Cup revenues, whereas Spurs were almost bankrupt in 1991 and have clawed thier way back to prominence by the resolve of their fans and tenacity of their board.

  4. Alf

    October 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

    ” Harry Redknapp coming in and establishing them as a consistent Champions League contenders; their ambitions have changed.”

    What plank wrote this rubbish? they have only been in the Champions league once!!

    • SongBillong

      October 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      He’s talking about the Champions League spots, not the actual cup itself. They have been around the 5th and 6th position for years now and then finished fourth to finally reach the competition last season, so they have indeed come close for a long time (therefore, they have indeed been contenders for a while).

  5. davspurs

    October 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Last season was a medical season and in that league we finished top .The amount of long term injuries and Harry loaning other players this stretched our team too breaking point and 5th.

  6. davspurs

    October 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Arsenal will be full of energy hoping to pass us of the park. We must match the grinning Wenger’s team who is showing signs just like his team of cracking up and a thumping from Spurs may just tip him over.3-1 too Super Spurs

  7. Kashmaster

    October 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I love how all these Spurs fans actually think they can get 4th. 4th and above has always been for Arsenal. You guys stick to your europa league. Just remember we have one of the best managers in the world. You have Arry Redknapp HAHA

  8. GunnerPete

    October 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Davspurs…you better win by a big margin today sunshine because even AFC cant have another period of 6 weeks without 9 first teamers. I love to meet my few Spuds mates who are singing their heads off every year (for over 16 years now) that they are going to rule the world, but we all know they are another harry team of failures. Look what happened this week to manure & citeh…two players out and near collapse against the might of Basle..?When God Arsene (who hardly ever grins) has a full squad for the first time in 2.5 seasons…when? The great gunners will be in the top two yet again. Lets hope WE dont go the 50 years you have before winning another title! Even with half a defence and less than half our midfield, I think our lads will win 2-0.

  9. Rufus

    October 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I don’t know how quick are we forgeting Wenger’s abilities in producing super stars with ease. When Viera left everybody declared arsenal’s demise but the prof responded with cesc who looked of a lesser class; I think u know how the story turned 2 be. When Hleb and Flamini sought greener pastures, Song & Nasri took over obviously at that time it’s arsenal who looked losers but now juxtapose Nasri v Hleb, Song v Flamini. What I mean is arsenal has a manager who understands football and will spurs remain 2nd as long as he is at the emirates.

    • Yidango

      October 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      All went on to win league titles…

  10. Student of Spurs

    October 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Concerning Cesc, Yes the offer for Mod was 6 mill more but to be fair you guys held off the attentions of Barca for 2 seasons before you had to give in, and Barca are the biggest club in the world right now so there was no shame in selling him on

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