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…