In the past two years, Tottenham and Arsenal have gone head-to-head for a final Champions League spot.
In 2011/12 Spurs ended in fourth place, one position behind the Gunners, but missed out on qualification for Europe’s top competition as Chelsea won the Champions League.
And, last season, under Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs once again were piped for the final Champions League spot by their north London rivals.
However, in both years, Spurs held healthy advantages over the Gunners, but on the two occasions they suffered mixed results at the end of the season which saw them lose their lead.
This season must be different for Tottenham – with or without Gareth Bale.
Villas-Boas has had a year at White Hart Lane to implement his philosophies and he can, with the squad now at his disposal, target a serious title challenge.
And, more importantly, Spurs must not think about their north London rivals.
Instead, the target for AVB’s side must be to challenge for league glory and even if they fail to deliver an unexpected title to White Hart Lane, then perhaps their belief that they can go all the way will put them in a Champions League spot come May.
Villas-Boas has spent very well this summer and arguably has one of Spurs’ greatest ever squads. With new signings such as Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue all playing their football at the Lane in 2013/14, the sky is their limit.
And yes, Welsh wizard Gareth Bale is key to their future success and Spurs will certainly be stronger with him, however their squad is now filled with enough quality that can really compete this season.
These Tottenham stars can bring joy to their faithful support, but must firstly believe they have the ability to compete with England’s best.
With the title race wide open, who’s to say that both Tottenham and Arsenal won’t achieve Champions League qualification at the end of the campaign.
For Spurs, it’s not about Arsenal, but about themselves and by the 2014/15 season they may be back playing with Europe’s elite. Who knows, they may even be celebrating a shock title.