In 2015 Arsenal only just pinched second place in the League by the skin of their teeth when Tottenham collapsed in the final games of the campaign, but Spurs got their revenge in style last season when they made sure of their second-place finish and ended 11 points ahead of a very disappointing Gunners side, that failed to even make the Champions League. Since then Spurs have continued their progress and even shocked Real Madrid just a few weeks ago.
RAY PARLOUR said: “It does hurt, I must admit,”
“I have lots of people ask me ‘Who is the best side, Tottenham or Arsenal?’ and I have to say the league doesn’t lie.
“Tottenham came above Arsenal last season so they are better – simple.
“It does hurt as it’s been a long time since that happened.
”They have got a really good squad, an excellent manager in Pochettino and they are great to watch.
“The Champions League has been going great for them too with great results against Dortmund and Real Madrid.”
“It had to turn around sooner or later, that’s law of averages from Spurs point of view.”
Also in the last two seasons, Arsenal have failed to beat Tottenham at home and away, so we are approaching the first North London derby this weekend with some trepidation, despite our home advantage. The Premier League legend Ryan Giggs thinks that Pochettino’s side can now claim to be the Kings of North London. He told Sky Sports: “The north London derby always tends to be an entertaining affair, with a lot of goals and a lot of talented players, and I think it has been more interesting over recent years with the teams being evenly matched.
“Form often goes out of the window with derbies but Arsenal have tended to dominate, so Tottenham are naturally relishing getting some revenge.
“Spurs are the better team right now but to really have the upper hand they have to do it consistently over the next few years, although with the talented young squad they have I don’t see why that won’t be the case.”
Giggs still believes that the EPL title will be between the two Manchester sides in this campaign, but he thinks Tottenham won’t be far behind. “Tottenham have also been impressive and I had thought they would struggle going for the title with the Wembley and playing in the Champions League but they’ve gotten over it really well, so I’d have them third in the mix.”
So if the Gunners don’t beat Tottenham this weekend, will that confirm that Giggsy is right, and Spurs have resigned St. Totteringham’s Day to the bin for the forseeable future?