Tottenham fans were acting like they won a top trophy when they finished above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years. St. Totteringhams Day was cancelled for the first time under Wenger, but the fact is that Arsenal went on to beat Chelsea to take the FA Cup (you know, a REAL trophy) back to the Emirates for a record 13th time. This was Arsenal’s third FA Cup in just 4 seasons.
So when pundits and players start saying that Tottenham have taken over as the Kings of North London, Petr Cech refuses to take that seriously especially as their only achievement so far this century is on League Cup! Cech (who incidentally has won 12 Domestic and 2 European trophies since 2004) was asked if there was now a power shift to Spurs. “No. I don’t think so.” Cech said. “There is always one odd year where things can change. They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression. They have young, talented players as well as experienced players. Their team is very well balanced. There was always something missing but I would say the difference was when Pochettino came.
“Success is ultimately winning trophies. We were under pressure the last couple of years, people talking about winning trophies, obviously we are disappointed not to have won the title but we won FA Cups. Although the season was not always what we wanted, we always had a trophy at the end of it.”
“The most important thing for us is competing against the other teams for the Premier League title and for the glory,” he told Sky Sports.
“We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn’t win the title. Our target is to win the title.”
So, basically, Tottenham fans should put up or shut up! Yes this is an important derby, especially for bragging rights for the fans, but it is simply one more game that can help in the quest for yet another trophy for Arsenal.
Let’s count those trophies again!