When ex-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor tucked away his penalty to double Spurs' lead against Arsenal in 2012, Tottenham fans must have been thinking; 'this is our year'.
Yet a lack of concentration from Harry Redknapp's men gave Arsenal a lifeline, and they responded in a true professional way, by scoring five goals in succession, winning the game 5-2.
They then followed this result by winning by the same scoreline in the same fixture the following year, raising big question marks on the Tottenham defence.
Both seasons ended in Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League while Spurs could only make it into the Europa league, despite a gap of ten points at one stage. So why can't Tottenham hold on and finish higher than their biggest rivals?
The Europa league is a problem for Tottenham every season. Having to travel to cold countries and play on a poor pitch at least twice every season tires the squad for their upcoming Premier League games and injuries are easily picked up playing in these fixtures.
Arsenal obviously have the Champions League to play in but the conditions are usually of higher standard so they cope with the travel and jet lag most of the time.
Tottenham haven't had a prolific striker in recent years. Last season they mainly relied on winger Gareth Bale but they need a couple of strikers to finish in the Champions league places. Arsenal do not have Robin van Persie anymore but Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott all had decent runs in front of goal last season.
Spurs have recently signed Roberto Soldado from Valencia, and he could easily be the answer to this problem.
Despite being criticised more than praised these days, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seems to be the man getting Arsenal into the Champions league places in present times. His experience and man management skills are second to none, and when his side are far behind their North London rivals in the Premier League, he inspires his squad to win most of their remaining fixtures. Something not many managers can do today.
Looking back at Tottenham's manager's, especially in the past five or six years, they have not had someone like Wenger to lead them on. The likes of Martin Jol and Harry Redknapp have no Champions league experience and are probably only made for mid table teams, the latter now managing Qpr in the Championship. Current Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has won titles in Portugal but in terms of Champions league qualification, even he is a bit of an amateur.
Maybe this is Tottenham's season to be the team qualifying for the Champions League and Arsenal dropping out of the competition. Arsenal have missed out on all of their big transfer targets so far while the Lilly Whites have signed Soldado, midfielder Paulinho and winger Nacer Chadli. With the likely sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, more top players are expected to join AVB's boys, so they could potentially be the team to beat next season.
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