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St Totteringham’s Day now a thing of the past as Spurs confirm their superiority over Arsenal

Goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane mean Spurs are guaranteed to finish above their North London rivals for the first time since 1994/95

Spurs have got the best of Arsenal in North London derbies before.

But today was arguably the first time in the Premier League era that they beat their fiercest rivals having started as firm favourites.

It will hurt Arsenal deeply that this game boiled down to another routine home victory for Spurs.


It wasn’t a victory inspired by the added intensity of a derby.

It was simply one team comprehensively outplaying another team in almost every aspect of the game.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane were the scorers, as they nearly always are these days, but were it not for Petr Cech and two open goal misses in the first half, it could have been a thrashing.

And who would have denied them the right to such a win?


After years of playing understudy, the spotlight now favours White Hart Lane.

Fittingly, this victory confirmed that St Totteringham’s Day (the annual event in which Arsenal are mathematically guaranteed to finish above Spurs) was, for this season at least, cancelled.

And the romantics out there will point to the fact it was the last North London derby at White Hart Lane as we know it as a significant metaphor.

A state-of-the-art 61,000-seater stadium awaits Spurs and it could be the perfect home for a team new to local superiority.


Spurs’ impressive season has coincided with Arsene Wenger’s most underwhelming campaign since he arrived in England.

The power shift is impossible to ignore.

Arsenal Fan TV will do dig into the hurtful details but the overarching issue is simple.

Spurs are simply a better team than Arsenal right now.

A much, much better team.



SPURS: Lloris 8, Trippier 8, Alderweireld 8, Vertonghen 8, Davies 8, Dier 3, Wanyama 8, Eriksen , Alli 8, Son 3, Kane 7.

SUBS: Dembele 0, Walker 5, Sissoko 0.


ARSENAL: Cech 2, Gabriel -2, Koscielny -1, Monreal -2, Oxlade-Chamberlain 0, Gibbs -1, Xhaka 0, Ramsey 0, Ozil 0, Sanchez 3, Giroud -1.

SUBS: Bellerin -1, Walcott 0, Welbeck 0.

STAR MAN: Victor Wanyama