The north London clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, have the intense rivalry. North London derbies have always proved to be very physical. The players of both the clubs have never shied away from working that extra hard in the derby. There are also a mental game and oral banter before the matches that play a huge role in the build to the derby. Spurs have not finished above Arsenal since Wenger has taken over the club, but the tables have turned in this season
Here are 5 points that prove spurs have overpowered arsenal:
1. Spurs are ahead of Arsenal in the PL table
For the first time since 1995, Spurs will be finishing their season above Arsenal. Spurs are 14 points ahead of their city rivals Arsenal. It would only take some kind of miracle for Arsenal to cover this kind of lead. St. Tottenringham’s Day is celebrated by Arsenal fans to mock their city counter-parts on not finishing above them since Wenger has taken over. This would be a huge blow to Wenger and his reputation at the club. Moreover, fans have not been happy with Arsenal’s performance and the way Wenger has managed the team. This season could mark the end of Wenger’s career with Arsenal.
2. North London is their fortress
Spurs have been impeccable in their home matches. They have played 15 matches this season at home and have won 13 of those matches. 2 of those 15 matches were the draw, which came against Liverpool and Leicester City, fairly early in the season. They are currently on a 12 game winning streak at home. However, they are moving to Wembley for the next season. This season truly saw a turnaround in the power house of North London.
3. Tactical genius
Pochettino has displayed an absolutely tactical master class, since his arrival at the club. Their win against the in-form Chelsea, with a 3-man defensive line, speaks volumes of the nature of the Argentine manager. On the other hand, Wenger has failed miserably this season to make tough decisions under pressure. Arsenal players are reportedly not happy with the manager. Wenger has been outclassed by other managers easily this season.
4. Spurs have more organized defense
This season undoubtedly, Spurs have one of the most sorted out defenses of the league. Currently, they have only conceded 22 times in the 33 matches they have played in the Premier League. Pochettino has revolutionized the way Spurs play and has ignited a spark in them. While Arsenal has been nowhere near to the defensive prowess shown by the Lilywhites. They have given easy goals and looked mediocre in their defensive play. In their last 5 matches, they have conceded 13 goals. This has been really disheartening for the fans.
5. A strong front-line
In addition to the defensive acclamations, they have been one of the top scoring teams in the Premier League. They are not the kind of team to sit back and counter-attack. They have taken an attack to their opposition and not allowed the defenses to breathe easy. Till now, they have scored 69 goals in 33 matches on par with Chelsea, who are currently leading the Premier League. They are only behind Liverpool who have scored 70 goals. While Arsenal has been struggling this whole season to score goals. Their front-line has not been able to click when required. This has reduced them to a mid-table team.
This certainly proves that there is a shift in power in the North London after a long time and Pochettino is the man behind it.