It’s felt like forever since Arsenal last finished above Tottenham in the Premier League table.
What once used to be an annual occurrence has turned into a power struggle in north London where Arsenal have fallen ahead of Tottenham in the league as Spurs have finished above the Gunners in the table for the past two seasons and are on course to do it again for the third season in a row.
A moment in time – Arsenal catch Tottenham, 2013
It’s still mathematically possible that Arsenal can still finish above Spurs in the league, but in the mind of every Gunners fans they know it’s probably too little too late with two games of the season remaining.
But that’s not to say it won’t happen, after all, there are countless examples of Spurs slipping up from unthinkable positions and allowing Arsenal to finish above them in the league table, and none are more famous than what happened in the 2012/13 season.
Under Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham had mounted one of their best assaults on finishing in the top-four, with Gareth Bale single handily winning games for Spurs and the other supporting characters in the squad doing enough to assist the Welshman.
Arsenal, on the other hand, had been struggling all season long in the league. The Gunners had not been in the top-four all campaign with poor results against the likes of Norwich City, Fulham and Swansea City holding Arsene Wenger’s side back from a Champions League finish heading into March.
With Tottenham hosting Arsenal on matchday 28, it was likely the winner of the latest edition of the North London Derby would go on to take the fourth and final Champions League spot in the table, and to the surprise of many, it was Spurs who took the three points in a 2-1 win.
Now seven points clear of Arsenal, it was looking like Tottenham would for the first time in the 21st century finish above the Gunners in the table, but as we all know, Tottenham Spurs’d it up.
Two defeats in their next two games saw Arsenal close the gap on their rivals to three points, and as the Gunners went on to win all but two of their final nine games of the season, draws against Everton and Wigan saw Wenger’s side leapfrog Spurs in the table as the red side of north London yet again finished above their cross-city rivals.
It is unlikely we will see a similar Tottenham slip-up this season, but we have seen in the past that they are a team who can bottle a seemingly comfortable position in the league, and Arsenal are the team who more than once reel in the awards.
Arsenal fans, can the Gunners finish above Spurs this season? Let us know!
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