Tottenham’s collapse against North London rivals Arsenal on Sunday, as The Gunners overcame a two-goal deficit to take a point from the Premier League encounter, which wasn’t just two points dropped, but yet another reminder that the white side of London will always be second best to the red side… No matter how poor the red side is.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane put Mauricio Pochettino’s men in cruise control on Sunday afternoon before Arsenal came roaring back from the dead with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to deny Tottenham their first away win in the Premier League over their city rivals since 20th November 2010.
Considering Tottenham’s record at The Emirates (and before that Highbury), the fact they lost a two-goal lead should come as no surprise. Before their win in 2010, a game they trailed 2-0 before winning 3-2, the last time they’d won a league game away from home against Arsenal was May 11th, 1993. There has been a cup win in that time, but ultimately Arsenal has overshadowed their neighbors for large parts of their history.
The fact that Arsenal has been poor now for over a decade, their last league title was in the 2003/04 season, yet still hold a record of 28 domestic titles to Tottenham’s 14 should be an indication of the lack of big-time players Tottenham possess, both now and years gone by.
Harry Kane is a phenomenal striker who will get 20+ goals every season and Christian Eriksen is the perfect supplier for him. The problem is, Eriksen wants out of North London to go play for a ‘big European team’, most likely Real Madrid. That leaves only Harry Kane for Tottenham fans to hang their hopes on and despite being a world-class striker he won’t be able to do everything by himself.
Son Heung-Min is good in bursts but can’t stay consistent, Lucas Moura is a great impact player if needed but nothing more and Dele Alli is a product of the English media overhyping their young players to be a lot better than what they actually are.
But even with average players like All, Tottenham is possibly better than their North London rivals in almost all departments, yet in Arsenal’s time of deficiency, the most they can hold claim to is a couple of Top Three finishes, a League Cup win in 2008 and a Champions League final.
If a Tottenham fan, you could argue that both Man City and Chelsea have ‘bought’ league titles in the time Arsenal have been poor, but then you also have to explain how Leicester City pipped you to the post in 2015/16, a season you ended up finishing third behind Arsenal after losing your last two games against Southampton and Newcastle 2-1 and 5-1 respectively.
The Champions League Final last May was another chance to finally step out of that shadow, but once again Tottenham failed to rise to the occasion, falling to a 2-0 defeat to fellow EPL team Liverpool.
Unless things change Tottenham fans will have to get use to not getting anything from The Emirates every season, content in the knowledge they will finish above a poor Arsenal team. They will also, however, have to get use to a trophy cabinet that is as desolate as Watford’s.
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