As we reach the final stages of the season, both Tottenham and Arsenal are battling for a place in next season's Champions League.
Therefore, could we see a repeat of what happened last season?
In the 2011/12 season Spurs were lodged in third place for a good stretch of their campaign and trailing the Manchester clubs by only a few points - there was even speculation as to whether Tottenham could make a rush for the title.
However, in late February 2012, the White Hart Lane outfit’s perfect season started disintegrating. They were leading their bitter rivals Arsenal by a solid ten points before they faced them in the seven-goal north London derby, which saw Tottenham throw away a 2-0 lead to lose the game 5-2.
They managed just four wins in their last thirteen fixtures and frustratingly finished below their north London foes.
Arsenal finished in third and went on to qualify for the Champions League along with the two Manchester clubs. Tottenham placed fourth but to add insult to injury Chelsea ended up Champions League victors which disqualified Tottenham from a place in Europe’s elite competition.
This season Spurs are in a similar position. Apart from losing to Arsenal in the first north London derby of the season with an identical 5-2 score line, after Emmanuel Adebayor was red-carded early on, Spurs performed well in comparison to their rivals.
Golden boy Gareth Bale helped the club record a 12-match unbeaten run and this time they beat Arsenal 2-1 in the second derby of the season and moved seven points clear of their red-shirted rivals.
Their good fortune was to be cut short though and Liverpool promptly ended the unbeaten run with a 3-2 scoreline at Anfield. Spurs then received a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Inter Milan in a second-leg Europa League clash, but luckily still advanced to the quarter-finals on away goals. The misery continued as they lost their next Premier League game in a 1-0 defeat to Fulham, which reduced their lead over the Gunners to just four points having played a game more.
To add to Spurs fans anxiety of a 2011/12 repeat, Tottenham have a few tough fixtures ahead of them, while Arsenal will be facing slightly ‘easier’ opposition in coming weeks.
The two North London clubs will also have to guard their rear as Everton are closing in and trail the Gunners by just two – also having played one less game than Spurs.
The international break might help Tottenham recover from the slump and refresh them in the fight to keep hold of their current position.
However, unlike Arsenal who have the single objective of finishing in the top four, Tottenham will have to worry about their Europa League campaign as well and this might also play in Arsenal’s favour.
Will this be another miserable end to an admirable season for the men from White Hart Lane or will they see it out and finish ahead of their age old rivals to deny the Emirates outfit a Champions League qualification for the first time in 15 years? Only time will tell.
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