The North-London rivalry between the Tottenham and Arsenal fans has been one of the fiercest in the Premier League history, and the supporters of both clubs can regularly be heard winding each other up in the Transfer Tavern.
Arsenal have been the dominant force in North-London throughout almost the entirety of the Premier League era, but the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino at the club in 2014 has initiated something of a shift in the balance in power between the two clubs.
After being ridiculed in the 2015/16 season for surrendering their place above Arsenal in the league on the final day of the season to ensure that the famously dubbed ‘St Totteringham’s day’ would repeat itself for the 21st season running, Spurs got their sweet revenge last year by finishing inside the Champions League places whilst Arsenal were forced to settle for the Europa League.
The season so far has shown that this temporary shift in power could potentially turn into a more permanent spell of dominance for Tottenham over their local-rivals, as Spurs look set to finish above Arsenal for the second season running.
And Tottenham could further cement their standing as the superior outfit in North-London by beating The Gunners to the signing of Bordeaux’s highly-rated attacking winger Malcom next summer.
According to Sky Sports, the 20-year-old hot prospect has confirmed that an agreement is already in place between himself and the club which will ensure he can depart for his desired destination in the summer.
Malcom has been in brilliant form the Ligue 1 outfit this season with 8 goals and 6 assists to his name from just 24 appearances in the French top-flight – a truly remarkable record considering his age.
Daniel Levy has often been accused of holding back slightly in the transfer market due to his financially shrewd approach to negotiations, but with regards to the acquisition of Malcom, he should pay whatever it takes to beat Arsenal to his signature next summer.
Not only would Malcom’s presence in the team significantly boost Pochettino’s side and provide a new dynamic in the final-third, but his decision to chose Spurs as his ideal destination would suggest that Arsenal’s extended period of dominance in North-London has already come to an end.