After another dismal display at the hands of current league leaders Chelsea last Saturday, Arsenal fans grew ever more frustrated at their club’s lacklustre performance this season. And after looking at the table, they have realised that for the first time in 21 years, they may not celebrate St Totteringham’s Day this season.
Wait, what exactly is St Totteringham’s Day?
St Totteringham’s day is the point in the season where Tottenham – Arsenal’s fiercest local rivals – can no longer finish above the Gunners in the table. The fan-made holiday has been celebrated for the past 21 years. The White Hart Lane side last finished above Arsenal in the league table in 1995.
However, much to the chagrin of Gunners fans across the globe, all that appears doomed to end this season. Indeed, Spurs are in red-hot form so far with 50 points, placing them in second at the table, nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea. Arsenal, meanwhile, are in fourth with 47 points.
The Lily Whites, under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, have been in scintillating form this season. While they suffered a bit of a trough in recent weeks, they are still a formidable side and are still hot on the chase to secure Premier League victory. The form of their first-team striker Harry Kane has also been consistent and on-point so far.
Arsene Wenger’s ailing side, meanwhile, looked stale and uninspired. Their unceremonious knock-out at the hands of Southampton in November in the League Cup as well as their near loss to Preston North End in the FA Cup last month just adds to the disappointment of Arsenal fans regarding their club’s performances so far. In the league, they have suffered back-to-back defeats in their last two games, adding insult to injury.
While The Gunners usually gain the edge come the closing weeks of the season with Spurs buckling under pressure, such a fate looks ever so unlikely to happen now. Spurs are highly motivated and more determined than ever as they look to keep their title hopes alive. Arsenal, meanwhile, are stuck with their perennial goal of finishing in the top 4 – a goal they appear to have taken for granted.
With calls for Wenger’s head in the stands growing louder and louder, and uncertainty in the locker room larger and larger, it may well be that for the first time in 21 years, Arsenal fans won’t be celebrating St Totteringham’s Day.