John Sailsman takes a sideways look at the reasons why Arsenal are and will be the No1 side in North London for the foreseeable future.
In my last article “Mesut: The first half” I alluded to the notion that Tottenham Hotspur will never out do Arsenal. After seeing the scenes during our 2-0 F.A Cup defeat of the old enemy when Theo was stretchered off, I feel I have to put pen to paper again as gently as possible to pass on my thoughts. My fellow Gooners might not like what I’m about to say and I’m sure Spurs fans won’t either, but I feel some stuff needs to be said. This is not a gloat or an exercise in one-upmanship, I really want Spurs fans, team and their board to know why they can’t get one over us.
When Theo stuck up his hands with two fingers and the other one curled into a nought, the commentator was quick to point out how irresponsible Theo was to do have done such a thing. However Wrighty in his pundit capacity set the record straight that the Spurs fans were egging him on. Then they showed the scenes again. The Spurs fans were venting pure hatred and throwing stuff at him. So the first reason why Spurs can’t get one over us is…
• They hate us too much.
It’s only a game and granted we all get affected emotionally when our team loses no matter who it’s to. But how serious do you want to get with it all? In the 1996 world cup quarter final when David Beckham got sent off against Argentina do you know that cases of domestic violence rose, that night, by 90%? Is it worth all the hatred? Especially when Karma is a thing that more and more people on this planet are beginning to understand and believe in. What you give is what you get. In Spurs’ case it results in a lack of fortune and success regardless of how many mangers, new players and money you throw at the team.
Now I’m not saying you should love us, wouldn’t want you to, you are our arch rivals and rivalry is good in football. But step back a bit please Spurs fans you’re killing yourselves and your club with this obsession with hating us. Take Man City and Man Utd. City fans had to wait years in the wilderness and they clearly got to a point where they could no longer hate their neighbours and their lot accepted that Man U were an infinitely better team even though its common knowledge in Manchester that CITY are the real Manchester team. Throughout their ups and downs those fans stuck by their team, lived and laughed through the pain of seeing their arch rivals virtually win everything, until one day, they ended up with more money than them and the rest is football history. Those Manchester fans collectively shifted their mentality.
There’s a video doing the rounds on Facebook and across the net where this guy and girl go to a Spurs game and interview the fans as to why they hate Arsenal. The Spurs fans come up with everything dumb excuse in the book, they don’t like red, Arsene Wengers face etc etc. By the end of the video they all admit that they are jealous of our success. Now that’s pretty bad as we’ve had none for the last 8 seasons!!! Once again a collective negative energy that’s only going to secure more misery for them.
It seems to me that Spurs, from fans to the boardroom are obsessed with getting one over us. Not the way to go. I always read blogs and transfer news and over the years I’ve noticed that whenever there’s a rumour of us buying a player Spurs come in and want that player too. Read Vertongen, Holtby, Dembele and others. Players whom it was rumoured the boss was interested in but went to Tottenham. I actually believe that when the boss sees Spurs interest he pulls out, because it is actually quite ridiculous. There is a joke going around that Spurs scouts go nowhere to look for players, they only go after the ones that we show an interest in. Arsene Wengers mentality (now he’s quite Zen remember, he spent years managing in Japan before he came here) is not to even be concerned about them but merely exercises great belief in the resources that he has.
I’ll be honest. This article is slightly tongue in cheek but I hope it gives you something to think about. Spurs fans stop hating us, stop being jealous of us and stop trying to be like us or you’ll never have anything. We have put North London on the map and really come on, that old argument about us leaving Woolwich to invade your patch is old hat. We’re here now and we’re here to stay.