For the last 18 months, spurs have had the upper hand when it comes to the rivalry with Arsenal.
Despite having won nothing for 11 years, with no FA Cup in 27 years and no league title in 57; finishing above Arsenal has become like a trophy for them.
In the last 18 months, it has all been about Europe.
Spurs fans boasting about being in the Champions League whilst Arsenal are in the Europa League. Acting like it is a big deal when clearly it is not – this season was only the second time in their history that Spurs have been in the Champions League when Arsenal have not been.
Arsenal saw their 19 consecutive seasons in the Champions League come to an end when they failed to qualify for the 2017/18 season. Tottenham this season embarked on their 3rd Champions League campaign in a row; and their 4th in history.
Spurs fans act like they have a rich recent history in Europe, and more specifically the Champions League. Reality is they have only gotten out of the group stages twice in their history.
This season it looks like they are crashing out of the group stages for the 2nd time in 3 years.
For all their boasting that they are in the Champions League and Arsenal at not – and that poster about their new ground being the only place to watch Champions Football in London this season – it will be utterly hilarious if they end up in the Europa League alongside Chelsea and Arsenal.
If they fail to beat Inter Milan tonight at Wembley, their dreams of making it through in the Champions League will be over. It will leave them in the Europa League, playing on a Thursday night, for the 10th time in 13 seasons.
Thinking out loud, they really are loyal stalwarts in the Europa League.
Even if they beat Inter Milan, they will need to get a result in the Nou Camp in December, and hope that Inter Milan fail to win their last game at home to PSV Eindhoven.
I am only thinking about all of this today because on Sunday we face Tottenham in Islington. During that game, Spurs would be their usual gloating selves, singing about them being in the Champions League and Arsenal in the Europa League.
Even if they lose to Inter Milan tonight, they will still probably be singing about us being in the Europa League. Their fans being so dense that they would not realise they are heading out of the Champions League.
I imagine Spurs fans will reply to this blog at least we were in the Champions League. That ignores the fact that there is no point really being in it and being knocked out in the group stages for the 2nd time in 3 years.
At least they would have seen their side get thumped in the Nou Camp and San Siro.
As we close in on Unai Emery’s first North London Derby of 2 in December, I expect a lot of bleating from that lot up the road.
The usual stuff about how they are superior to arsenal (despite that 57 years without a league title), and how they have taken over Islington (whilst posting up pictures of drinking in the Dolphin, a back street boozer hidden away behind Camden Town Hall).
Buzzing for Sunday.