Football is always at its best when you see two bitter rivals competing against one another on derby day – and it’s even better when they’re pretty close in terms of overall quality. Case and point: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur back in 2004. The Gunners were in the midst of arguably their greatest period in their history, and that goes for their rivalry against Spurs, too. They were quite clearly the superior team to their North London counterparts at the time, and yet, the passion and fire involved in the derby meant that their game against Spurs on November 13th, 2004 wasn’t an easy one for them.
The win over Blackpool was all well and good last night, but arguably the biggest headline of them all came during the draw for the quarter-finals as it was formally announced that Arsenal would take on bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur for a place in the final four. Any other game in this draw, perhaps barring Chelsea, would’ve been met with an ‘oh, okay’ type of reaction – but not this one. This is a special fixture and it always will be, and there are so many connotations to this one that it’s hard to keep track.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are among the clubs monitoring the situation with Manchester United’s Eric Bailly.
Bailly signed for United in the summer of 2016 after a successful spell with Spanish side Villareal lasting a year and a half. Before that he played for Espanyol. He has made a total of 60 appearances for the Red Devils so far and had been praised for a while as their best defender.
However, after United’s shaky start to the season, he has fallen down the pecking order having put in a few questionable performances, and manager Jose Mourinho is now favoring the duo of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof in the absence of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. Bailly’s place is currently on the bench.
It’s always somewhat fun to see two of your rivals battling it out because, for the most part, there’s no pressure on your shoulders. They’re busy doing their thing whilst you’re busy doing yours, and all you really have to worry about is what food & drink to order for when you’re watching the game. Case and point: Manchester United took on Tottenham Hotspur last night in an entertaining encounter, and we’re convinced Gunners fans would’ve been watching how things developed very, very closely.
While we all like to pretend it doesn’t matter what order we playing everyone in throughout the course of the Premier League season, deep down, we’re all aware of the fact that it does matter – and it matters quite a lot. Depending on your circumstances, facing a series of big teams or small teams consecutively can really impact your momentum, and while it’s easy to say ‘you have to play everyone twice anyway’ let’s face it, we all know that logic is a little bit flawed.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup being right around the corner, you would think that the media would be focusing on getting behind the England national team as they prepare to try and prove the doubters wrong by having a successful tournament in Russia. As reported by The Express, however, one former England legend has taken it upon himself to sprinkle some negativity into the mix prior to things getting underway.
We are, of course, talking about Tony Adams. Now while the ex-PL winning defender may have been a fantastic player back in his day, his punditry skills don’t quite seem to have the same impact. In fact, it seems as if he’s still letting his Arsenal roots dictate some of his views to this day.
A decade or so ago, the idea of Tottenham Hotspur reigning supreme over Arsenal would’ve seemed highly improbable. The two teams were at extremely different points in their trajectory, with the Gunners consistently finishing above their bitter rivals in addition to being them at every given opportunity. The hierarchy in North London was clear and concise for everyone to see, until a few years ago, when Spurs pushed back against the established order.
While the dust is only just starting to settle in regards to the 2017/18 Premier League season, we’re already extremely invested in seeing what’s going to go down next year – which is hardly a surprise. Sure, the World Cup is going to keep us occupied for a few months, but the consistency and the drama of domestic football is something that is always going to capture our hearts and attention.
It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, but unfortunately, this one isn’t quite as favourable. Twelve months ago today Arsenal finished off their strong end to the Premier League season with a convincing 3-1 victory over Everton, but unfortunately, the Gunners missed out on a spot in the top four as a result of Liverpool running out 3-0 winners over Middlesbrough.
Arsene Wenger’s side needed to ensure that they bettered Liverpool’s result in order to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe’s top club competition, but for the first time in what felt like forever, they failed.
We’re back for yet another trip down memory lane, and once again, it’s time to look back on another edition of St Totteringham’s Day! Yes, that’s right, five years ago today, Arsenal fans all around the world were celebrating the fact that they’d pipped bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur to fourth spot which ensured they would be playing in the UEFA Champions League for another year.
As sound as that may sound, by 2013, any realistic hopes of Arsenal crashing the title race picture had pretty much been and gone. Because of that, qualifying for the UCL was considered to be the bare minimum that Arsene Wenger should’ve been achieving, and he did so after masterminding a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.