Arsenal fans found out to our cost just how well organised and frustrating Middlesbourough can be, as Aitor Karanka´s team held the Gunners to a draw a couple of weeks ago to halt our growing momentum and stop us going clear at the top of the Premier League.
An incredible end to an incredible Premier League season saw Arsenal make it 21 years in a row that we have finished above our north London rivals Tottenham in the league table and it has sparked wild celebrations and widespread gloating from the Gunners faithful, but when the dust settles will the latest St. Totteringham’s day really have any impact on Arsenal and our future at all?
Just when it looked like the season, for Arsenal fans at least, was all neatly wrapped up with disappointment as wrapping paper and with a nice big ribbon of despair to top it off, a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel. It is only a faint light as yet but it does give the Gunners something to strive for in the remaining three games other than fending off the top four challenge of Manchester United.
There are a lot of unhappy Arsenal fans around at the moment for sure. We should have won the Premier League title this season because Man City, Chelsea and Man United left the door open. We should have at least made it past the first knockout phase of the Champions League once in the last five seasons and we really should be trying if not managing to match the transfer spending of the biggest clubs in England and Europe, right?
Oh how the football media and fans of rival clubs have milked the fact that Arsenal have had a bad month and dropped to fourth place in the Premier League table. There have been reports about groundhog day and plenty of talk about it being the same old story for Arsenal. And one of the things hitting Arsenal fans the hardest is that our north London rivals Tottenham have gone ahead of us in the table for the first time this season.
Happy St. Totteringham´s day Arsenal fans! It may not have had the excitement and nail biting climax that we have seen quite a few times (too many) in recent seasons, but the battle for football dominance in north London is over for another year at least and it is the red and white side that will be celebrating.