I am now resigned to the fact that Tottenham Hotspur, that lot up the road, our little brother, are going to finish above Arsenal this season.
It will be a momentous occasion for them. To Spurs fans, finishing above Arsenal is like winning a trophy. They once bought a DVD out celebrating a 4-4 draw with Arsenal. Finishing above London’s Greatest club for the first time in 22 years will lead to mass celebrations throughout Middlesex and Hertfordshire.
It would not surprise me if Spurs hold an open top bus parade through the streets of Edmonton, and then a reception with the mayor at Tottenham Town Hall. Such is the mindset of the small club from Enfield, they will talk about this season for years to come as one of the greatest in their history, even if they end up trophyless.
The hilarious scenario could be that Arsenal win the FA Cup, Spurs end up finishing above Arsenal, but end up trophyless again. It will be their 9th year in a row without a trophy.
It would show the difference between the two clubs and fans, that Spurs would see a season finishing above Arsenal, but with no trophy, as a success, whilst Arsenal could win the FA Cup, see the season as a failure, and still call for the managers head.
Finishing above Arsenal ultimately means nothing if you do not win the league. Or a cup. Will it make up for 22 years of dominance (which in reality is actually a century of dominance)? No. Will it make up for 13 league titles against 2? No.
Spurs still have not won the league since 1961. No FA Cup since 1991. The fact that they have not finished above Arsenal since 1995 is a remarkable achievement. I would be surprised if throughout the top leagues in the world, there have been two city rivals where league dominance has been so one sided over nearly a quarter of a decade when both sides have spent that entire time in the top flight.
So Spurs, enjoy your day in May. Enjoy your parade in the sunshine. But ultimately, like Arsenal were mocked for celebrating a 4th place trophy, finishing above Arsenal is not a real trophy.
Real trophies are something to celebrate. Trophies like the 6 league titles Arsenal have won since Spurs last title. The 7 FA Cups since Spurs last.
Spurs finishing above Arsenal once in 22 years does not show a shift in power.