Arsene Wenger dismisses Tottenham's season as a 'one-off'

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Arsene Wenger has threatened to light a fuse between rival fans by describing the prospect of Tottenham finishing above Arsenal as a "one-off".

Tottenham have not finished a Premier League season ahead of their north London rivals since 1995, which was before Wenger even took charge of the Gunners.

However, with just two games remaining in the current campaign, Spurs find themselves three points ahead of Arsenal and are heavy favourites to finish second behind Leicester City.


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Having come close many times, finishing above Arsenal will come as a significant consolation to the White Hart Lane faithful, who are still reeling from the team's inability to win their first Premier League title.

But Wenger has reminded fans of both Arsenal and Tottenham that the mini-competition between local rivals is far from over. Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino's men face two tricky games against Southampton and Newcastle United before the end of the season and must also recover from the disappointment of missing out on the league.

Not over

Speaking ahead of Sunday's game against Manchester City, Wenger told reporters that his Arsenal players were fully focussed on garnering six points from their own remaining games, giving them the best chance to catch Tottenham.

“It’s not over,” said Wenger. “Let’s see what happens until the end of the season. Tottenham had a good season. They didn’t manage to finish very strongly recently but overall they’ve had a good season and they have a strong team. But our target is still to get in front of them if possible.”


The phenomenon of 'St Totteringham’s Day' has become something all Arsenal fans look forward to celebrating. It falls on the date that Arsenal's superiority over Tottenham is mathematically confirmed.

While 'St Totteringham’s Day' may well have a hiatus in 2016, Wenger has suggested that order should be restored next season, describing Tottenham's excellent season as a 'one-off'.

Asked if it would be, Wenger said: “If they do that, you can at least say it’s a one-off, because in 20 years, it [will have] happened once. At the moment it’s not done. If they do it, well done. We’ll fight until the end to make sure that we have a chance that we get in front of them.”


It is fair to say Tottenham's failure to finish above Arsenal has captured the imagination of many on the red side of north London. The perfect example of that is the website that simply displays a clock of how long it has been since the rare feat occurred.

Currently displaying 7661 Days, 19 Hours, 42 Minutes, 27 Seconds, may have to start thinking about installing a reset function.

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