Arsenal fans recently celebrated their famous St Totteringham’s day, marking 20 consecutive seasons in which they have managed to finish above their sworn enemies in the league. And they look set to rub salt in the wounds, with rumours that Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk may join them in the summer, despite interest from Spurs themselves.
Should Van Dijk choose the Emirates over White Hart Lane, it will mark yet another Arsenal victory over their rivals, condemning them to further misery after a promising season has come to an all too familiar end. After their 3-0 defeat to Stoke at the weekend, Spurs find themselves 10 points adrift of Man United in fourth.
With Harry Kane firing in an absurd amount of goals, Tottenham looked set to push their Champions League rivals right to the end for the coveted fouth spot. However, a dramatic drop in form and dry spell for their Golden Boy means it will be Europa League once again for Pochettino’s side, something that looks set to come back to bite them already.
The Metro reported that Arsenal have sent scouts to weigh up a potential move for Celtic’s giant Dutch defender, with Tottenham, among many others, rumoured to be interested in acquiring his services also.
The defender will likely cost any prospective buyers £10 million, an amount that even the most thrifty of manager’s has to accept in this day and age. The price tag is not the problem however.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham have spent big in the last few seasons, and it seems £10 million would not be a problem when it comes to forking out for a transfer target. The problem for Tottenham is that yet another St Totteringham’s day celebration means yet another year of playing second fiddle to Arsenal.
Offering more money and perhaps guaranteeing more game time could potentially swing the balance in their favour, but the allure of Champions League football is a luxury Tottenham have been without for many seasons now.
The rivalry between the two North London clubs has always been a fiery one. However, with Arsenal failing to beat Spurs this season, and with many close encounters in the past, the gap has arguably never been closer between the two.
Yet, despite this astronomical growth in stature, Tottenham still find themselves in Arsenal’s shadow. Should they have been able to secure a Champions League spot of their own, the battle for this signature, and any other for that matter, may have been a more closely contested one.
But, the drop in form and subsequent return to the Europa League means for the most part, Arsenal will get the pick of the litter this summer, whilst Spurs will be left sifting through the scraps.
A trend that looks set to start with van Dijk.