Arsenal are set to fall behind Tottenham in the UEFA rankings for the first time in 29 years despite spending most of those 29 years in Europe when Spurs were not.
Arsenal’s slow slide from the top of the European football table is set to continue with the news that the latest UEFA coefficients will see Arsenal slide below Tottenham, thanks to failing to qualify for Europe in any form this season.
It is a poor stat and yet another low that is being plunged under Mikel Arteta, no doubt helping the manager feel even better about the ‘best two weeks of my life’.
Tottenham’s participation in the newly formed UEFA Europa Conference League will take them above Arsenal this season.
Before it starts, Arsenal are 12th and Tottenham 13th but Arsenal will obviously not be able to improve their score (80) this season, which is based on European results in the last five years.
Just qualifying for the group stages of this competition takes Spurs to 80.5.
Tottenham haven’t been above Arsenal in the UEFA rankings since the 1991-92 season