It’s that time again as we take a trip down memory lane, and unfortunately, it’s a painful memory for Arsenal fans. We’ll only be rewinding the clock twelve months for this one, to a day which many fans were hoping would never come – the cancellation of St Totteringham’s Day. For those who don’t know, St Totteringham’s Day is the annual occasion in which the Gunners can celebrate officially finishing above their bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur. This time around, however, that moment would elude them.
For the first time in two decades, Tottenham fans were able to able celebrate finishing above their rivals in the Premier League, and they did so by defeating them at White Hart Lane in arguably one of their finest moments in recent times. Spurs were still looking to put pressure on Chelsea in the race for the title, and while they failed in their eventual quest to become Champions of England, besting their rivals was hardly a bad follow-up prize.
Throughout the course of the actual game, which Tottenham won 2-0, the home side almost certainly had the upper hand and were on top in the first half. Alas, they weren’t quite able to make their pressure count in the first 45 minutes, leaving many to wonder whether or not they’d drop the ball and allow their rivals to come away with a victory.
But as they came out for the second half it was clear to see that they were determined not to be ‘Spursy’, with Dele Alli and Harry Kane scoring in the span of three minutes to send the visitors into a whirlwind. The realisation of finishing below their rivals was finally starting to set in, and this time, there was absolutely nothing they could do about it.
Tottenham fans proudly paraded ‘In Arsene We Trust’ signs around the ground, mocking the fact that the majority of Gunners fans had clearly had enough of the Frenchman. While it may have taken twelve months, the Emirates faithful will look back and smile knowing now that they can move forward with a brand new direction as they attempt to wrestle back control of North London from Pochettino’s men. Will they be successful? Time will tell, but missing out on St Totteringham’s Day two years in a row will be more than enough motivation.
What was your favourite memory from the 2016/17 season?