Historically speaking, the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal is one of British football’s biggest rivalries. There’s just one problem.
A truly ferocious rivalry needs to be genuinely competitive – and in North London, one team has now been on top for 22 YEARS.
There was extra reason to celebrate for Tottenham on Sunday, as a 2-0 win over Arsenal ensured they will finish above their rivals in the Premier League this season, Goal reports.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men prevailed with goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane at White Hart Lane, just reward for a dominant performance over the lacklustre Arsenal.
And with a 17-point lead over their neighbours, it is now impossible for Arsenal to recover lost ground before the end of the campaign.
It is not every day Spurs fans get to celebrate outdoing the Gunners: 2016-17 marks the first time since 1995 they have achieved the feat, and the only occasion since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996 that he has finished below them.
Tottenham’s north London woes have indeed become so acute that the Arsenal faithful have started up their own tradition, St. Totteringham’s Day, marking the date every year they are mathematically guaranteed to end the season ahead.
A lack of firepower on Sunday undoubtedly contributed to a day to forget for the visiting support.