Fan made to regret wearing Tottenham shirt to Arsenal friendly in Sydney

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Arsenal hate Tottenham, Tottenham hate Arsenal - it's how it's always been.

Their rivalry began all the way back in 1913, when Arsenal moved from Manor Ground, Plumstead, to Highbury, just four miles away from White Hart Lane.

It was from that moment the north London derby began.

It's Arsenal who have dominated their rivalry with Tottenham over the past century, having won 13 league titles - three being in the Premier League era - to Spurs' two.

Arsenal have also won the FA Cup (13) and Community Shield (14) on more occasions, although Tottenham are winning in terms of League Cup victories (four).

However, as much as Arsenal fans hate to admit it, the gap is closing, as evidenced by the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

Arsene Wenger's men may have won a record 13th FA Cup, but they finished outside of the top four, whereas Tottenham came second and thus secured Champions League football.

It was the first time that Arsenal finished below their north London rivals and missed out on the Champions League since 1994/95.

Next season is sure to be an interesting one where Arsenal and Tottenham's rivalry is concerned, especially so judging by their activity in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League

While Wenger has brought in the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, Mauricio Pochettino has yet to complete a major signing, instead selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City.

Arsenal, having finished below Spurs, have extra motivation to avoid a repeat next term and so they're working hard in pre-season.

They kicked off their summer preparations by beating Sydney FC 2-0 in a friendly last Thursday and followed that up with a 3-1 win against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.

Western Sydney v Arsenal

There was a bit of controversy before the game against Wanderers, though.

One brave fan wore a Tottenham shirt to the match and received an onslaught of abuse from Arsenal fans, as you can see in the video below.

Surrounded and outnumbered, the fan simply stood there with his hand held high until a police office escorted him away, much to the delight of Arsenal fans who continued chanting.

Check out the footage, as per Goal's Chris Wheatley.

Very brave, but very stupid. Were it not for the police officer stepping in, the fan could have landed himself in serious trouble with the irritated Arsenal supporters.

The lesson to be learned here is simple: never wear a Tottenham shirt before an Arsenal game.

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