The curse of St Totteringham’s day has temporarily been laid to rest by Tottenham after they finished above Arsenal in the Premier League for two consecutive seasons, but with Unai Emery at the helm it seems that the Gunners have a great chance of finishing above their north London rivals this season.
Tottenham were tormented by their fiercest rivals for years in the Premier League but the pendulum has swung in their favour in recent times.
Second and third place finishes in the two most recent campaigns were enough to see them finish above Arsenal and come desperately close to clinching the title in the 2016/17 season.
But Manchester City’s rapid rise to domination, Maurizio Sarri’s revolutionised Chelsea team, Emery’s positive influence on Arsenal and Liverpool’s electric opening to the campaign all suggest that finishing inside the top-four will be tougher than ever this season.
Spurs have qualified for the Champions League for the past three seasons on the bounce, but that run could be coming to an end according to Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas.
‘Arsenal have been a pleasant surprise for me this season – Liverpool and Spurs have had their best starts to a season but Arsenal are right up there with them under the new manager so, being an Arsenal man, I’ll go with them to edge out Spurs for fourth place due to the lack of signings Mauricio Pochettino has made.’
Considering Nicholas’ association with Arsenal and their promising start to the season, it’s absolutely no surprise that he has predicted Emery’s men to sneak ahead of Spurs into fourth place.
But it’s far too early to underestimate a Tottenham side who have seldom moved out of second gear so far, yet they remain within touching distance of the leading pack.
With a north London derby pencilled in for the 1st of December, Tottenham supporters will be looking ahead to that huge fixture at the Emirates Stadium as a date when they could lay down a gauntlet to the rest of the division and force Nicholas to eat his words.
Until then, they will have to navigate two tricky looking fixtures away at Wolves and Palace before hosting Chelsea at Wembley.
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