Niall Quinn is the latest pundit to talk about this apparent ‘power shift’ that’s supposed to be going down in north London.
- Spurs haven’t finished about Arsenal since 1994/95
- Arsenal are 14 points behind Spurs
- Tottenham v Arsenal kicks off at 4:30pm on 30 April
If the media is to be believed, this ‘power shift’ has been occurring for a few seasons now. Every year it supposed to be the year Spurs finally finish above Arsenal for the first time under Arsene Wenger. It’s all they’ve got. Yet, they never manage it.
Last season, Arsenal even tried to hand second place to Spurs. They kept drawing and needlessly throwing away points, all the while practically gift-wrapping the Lilywhites their chance to finish above the Gunners.
All Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to do was draw on the final day of the season.
But Spurs messed it up. Again. Losing in dramatic fashion to Newcastle, who had already been relegated.
This time, however, I concede that it does look as if Spurs will finish above Arsenal. One of their best seasons compared to one of Wenger’s worst. Go figure.
“[A Spurs derby win] could really rubber stamp them and nail down Tottenham’s superiority over Arsenal that’s been coming,” ex-Arsenal striker Quinn told Sky Sports.
“We’ve all felt it coming over the last period of time.
“If it ended Arsenal’s top four hopes, what a double whammy that would be for Spurs fans and that could very well be the case.
“There’s been a shift in power in north London over the last year or so. Arsenal fans are getting restless with their manager but Spurs fans, the joy they have watching their team, they can’t believe what’s happening there.
“It’s a great place to be playing your football, supporting them if you’re a supporter. Tottenham are right at it and that game against Arsenal will be a judgement day.”
As Arsenal fans have been saying for as long as this ‘power shift’ has been talked about, this will only occur when Spurs have won 13 titles and 12 FA Cups.
Considering that lot from White Hart Lane have only won the title twice and the FA Cup eight times, I’d say they have a long way to go before the power is actually shifted.
One swallow does not a summer make. It’s embarrassing to claim otherwise.