Tottenham beat Premier League leaders Chelsea last night, meaning Arsenal dropped out of the top four of the table, whilst stopping them from building on their eight point lead over our side.
The Blues were looking near-unstoppable of late, having won their last 13 league outings equalling the all-time top-flight record of consecutive wins in a single term, but last night’s result put an end to that run.
Chelsea will now have a relatively easy FA Cup tie with Peterborough before travelling to face PL champions Leicester in the league, and that match will be no walk in the park.
There is now an aura of uncertainty around the league leaders, and we have to thank Tottenham Hotspur for that, as painful as that can be.
A thought that is even less desirable is the possible fear of our North-London rivals, with their club enduring a purple patch at present, including five consecutive wins.
Spurs have now overtaken us in the table to occupy third spot, and we have the reality that we are in a six-way battle for the Champions League spots, with our noisy neighbours and sixth-placed Manchester United having the best form inside the top six.
The harsh reality is that although we took solace in the defeat of the leaders, we now face the daunting task of breaking back into the top-four, whilst holding off the challenge of United who are flying high at present.
We are fed up at Arsenal at having failed to successfully challenge for the PL title in recent years, but the reality is that we have so many rivals this year that targeting the trophy right now is step too far.
Can we still expect to be in the top spot or even two spots? How confident are we of a top four place? Do we finally have to take Spurs seriously?