It is all a bit hilarious, a tad cringey, one big joke. As Spurs fans started to sing “North London is Ours”, “Arsenal mind the gap” and “Arsene Wenger we want you to stay” I struggled not to laugh.
Yes, Spurs have been superior than Arsenal this season. They have built a good side on a low budget, spending a lot less than those around them in transfer fees and wages. They have played a brand of attacking football which has also been offset with a defensive steel. They will finish the season with a goal difference of 50+.
But ultimately, and Spurs fans seem to forget this fact, Spurs will finish trophyless once more. They do not get a trophy for finishing 2nd.
The way their fans have gone on this season, you would think they have won a historic treble:
- Highest Domestic Attendance in English Football Cup
- The Finishing Above Arsenal Trophy
- PFA Young Player of the Year
The reality is, these are all meaningless if you do not end the season lifting a major honour. Yesterday was Spurs’s cup final. It was their most important game of the season, just like it is every year over the last 3 decades.
And like the majority of seasons over the last 30 years, Arsenal have more important fixtures on the horizon. We have real finals to play, real honours to challenge for.
Yes, Spurs have finished above Arsenal once in 22 years, but they have:
- Won nothing for the 10th season in a row
- Failed to win the FA Cup for the 26th consecutive season – losing their 7th FA Cup Semi Final in a row
- Not won the league for 56 years
To put it in perspective, since Spurs last finished above Arsenal – 1995 – Arsenal have won 3 league titles. That is more than Spurs have won in their history.
So well done Spurs, you might have finished above Arsenal for the 1st time in 22 years. There will be DVD’s, open top bus parades, Spurs fans will talk about the 2016/17 season for years to come. The season they finished above Arsenal. But the history books will have it down as just another season when Spurs won nothing.
This is the best Spurs side in half a century. They have won nothing, yet talk about it being a successful season.
The worst Arsenal side in a quarter of a century could end up with the FA Cup, and fans will be disappointing, see it as a failure.
And that highlights the lack of a power shift. Arsenal fans see an FA Cup final as a season of failure, Spurs fans see winning nothing as a season of success.
As for Mauricio Pochettino, in 8 years of management, he has won nothing…
Spurs, well done, you finished finished second.
There are no prizes for second place. You are just the first loser.