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After 22 years, it finally happened.
Banners saying “St. Totteringham’s Day: CANCELLED” and “Arsene Wenger we want you to stay” filled everything but the away section at White Hart Lane.
The North London Derby finished 2-0 to the hosts as Arsenal’s hopes for Champion’s League football crumbled and the fight for the Premier League crown intensified.
This is the first time in 22 years that Tottenham will finish above Arsenal in the Premier League table. However, this result proves to be much more than just that; as Pochettino’s men dominate their fiercest rivals in the last North London derby at White Hart lane.
Tottenham will be spending next season playing in Wembley as they transition into their new stadium. To the delight of every Spurs fan, the North London Team has just announced that their application to increase capacity of the new stadium has been approved.
The new stadium’s capacity will seat 61,559 fans; roughly 1000 more than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have been subpar this season compared to their rivals.
Unconvincing performances, failed contract negotiations and a divided fanbase leaves the club in a point of total uncertainty.
Alexis Sanchez has been the Gunner’s star man; a bittersweet silver lining with several sources claiming his time at the Emirates Stadium is close to an end.
Contrastingly, Tottenham has an array of rising stars performing at the top level day in and day out. The likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane are just some of the players who constantly display world class performances.
Turn your head back to their neighbors and you see an Arsenal squad with huge signings like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka who have struggled to find form.
Is it a dip in form or does it go beyond that? The talent is undeniably there; but what about the passion, the hard work and chemistry?
With unhappy players, unhappy fans, and an uninvolved board of directors, it’s hard to find the root of the problem.
No signs of slowing down
On the other hand, Tottenham shows no signs of slowing down.
A loss against West Ham on Friday night narrows down their chances of Premiership glory.
Nonetheless, over the last two seasons, Pochettino’s players have boosted Tottenham to place themselves as genuine title contenders; looking more dangerous as time goes by.
Arsenal have spent over a decade without a league title. As things stand, hopes of bringing the league trophy back to the Emirates seem farfetched.
Is this a new era? Is North London big enough for two giants? Only one thing is certain. As things stand, North London is no longer red.
Written by Fernando Pocasangre
Follow Fernando on Twitter @fernando_poca
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