Is this the year that Spurs finally finish above Arsenal?

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
 

Year after year, Spurs fans waltz into a new season brimming with confidence that this year will finally be the one in which they finish above bitter rivals Arsenal. The annual day which Spurs can no longer finish above Arsenal is named ‘St Totteringham’s’ Day by Gooner fans. But is this the season in which St Totteringham’s Day is no more?

Both teams have made a stuttering start to the campaign so far, and have both had some disappointing results to say the least. But this year Spurs fans really believe it is their year. But why?
We shall start from the back. While there has been a lot of praise heaped onto a new-look Spurs defence including youngster Caulker and promising new signing Vertonghen an unlikely member of the Arsenal defence has looked usually shaky. Captain Vermaelen has looked a different player to his usual towering self this season with several slip-ups occurring giving fans a reason to worry. On top of this Andre Santos continues to look out of his depth.

Moving into midfield, new signing Cazorla has looked like a shining light for Arsenal after a brilliant start to the season, but how long it takes Wilshere to return to the top of his game could be key as fellow youngster Aaron Ramsey continues to frustrate fans. In addition, the future of Theo Walcott still looks to be in jeopardy as other big names such as Gervinho, Podolski and Arshavin fail to perform week in, week out. In contrast, Spurs have brought in goals in midfield with Dempsey who scored 23 goals for Fulham last season as well as a touch of class from the tricky Mousa Dembele, who could turn out to be a bargain. Furthermore, winger Aaron Lennon seems to be playing some of the best football of his career and star player Gareth Bale continues to impress.

To state the obvious, Arsenal are severely weakened upfront this year with star man RVP opting for a move up north and his replacement is not looking too promising. Olivier Giroud has had somewhat of a torrid time since his move from Montpellier and if the goals do not come soon, fans will start getting on his back. For Spurs, fan favourite Defoe, 30 this year, seems to be getting better with age after finding the net several times already this season and Spurs still have last season’s top scorer Adebayor to return to full fitness.

With Spurs fans buoyed by positive moves under a new era with AVB, and Arsenal possibly looking at another season of missed chances, no silverware and more frustration this really could be the year when Arsenal fans can’t even celebrate on St Totteringham’s day…

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  • jay2

    forget about 4th place as the Toffees have that nailed!!!!

    Arsenal are a fading force and Spurs never have been and never will….

  • nicktheyid

    As long as Levy is there , not a chance!!

  • ISLINGTON LONDON BOY

    fading force my arse.Listen to all the crap in the media and you might think you have a chance,but when the end of season comes it will be same old same old.

  • ISLINGTON LONDON BOY

    And by the way,Giroud is loved at Arsenal and is doing really well so far.

  • Frank

    everything is possible with adebayor

  • ISLINGTON LONDON BOY

    How many seasons has this been said now???
    Keep dreaming and reality will hit you at the end of the season.

  • Philip

    Will only happen if a Blionaire buys them

    Bore off

  • http://newsnow Tony

    Arsenal’s Plan A has been passing teams to death. And for the last four or five years Plan B was Fabregas, Nasri or RVP producing a moment of magic. I can see a flaw in Plan B, namely it no longer exists. Without RVPs moments of magic, last year Arsenal would have finished 7th or 8th. This year they will!

  • Charlie Peat

    Spurs finishing above Arsenal is a possibility, I admit. But I don’t think Spurs are as good as people make them out to be this year. Dropped 10 points at home now? I think January will be crucial for both teams. If Arsenal buy, we will finish above spurs. If not, then it will be a close finish.

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