While it might be fun for us Gooners to laugh at Tottenham fans annually when we finish above them on the Premiership table, it has long become a comic relief in the heart-breaking drama that is Arsenal’s trophy drought and title aspirations. Finishing above Tottenham is nothing special anymore as it has become a fixed outcome over the past 18 seasons (including this season). In fact, the whole celebration of St. Totteringham’s day seems to be a way for us Arsenal fans to lighten the mood after failing to win or give a serious fight for the Premier League trophy at the end of every season.
I believe that a hard-earned victory is a victory to be celebrated. Finishing above Tottenham is not that much of a hard-earned victory if one removes the rivalry and tradition between Arsenal and Spurs because an average of 3-4 teams finish above Tottenham yearly in the EPL. This is where Chelsea comes in- they are another London rival who normally give a more dogged chase for the title. Besting the Blues should be more rewarding as they are a far better side than the Hotspurs.
Arsenal have only had a higher EPL finish than Chelsea once in the last 5 years. Furthermore, the Blues have finished lower than 2nd position in the league only thrice in the last 10 seasons (i.e. since the beginning of the Mourinho era in 2004). Chelsea is a good team to set a benchmark against, as the records show. However, to be fair, a Chelsea version of STD (no pun intended by the abbreviation) would be hard to come by because the Blues are a team usually close to winning the title almost every year since Roman Abramovich bought the club.
Unfortunately, there could be a serious backlash from the Chelsea fans should we Gooners try to establish a Chelsea version of STD. They too would probably have their own Arsenal version which they might christen “St. Goner’s day” or “St. Goon’s day” or “St. Arsefail’s day”. It could be a total backfire considering that right now, Chelsea is more of a favourite to win the EPL or end up in a higher position in the future than Arsenal.
But then, wouldn’t that make it more of a challenge? Wouldn’t it rile up us Gooners to expect better from our team? Having a STD for the Blues would serve two purposes; the first would be to aspire to be better than a strong team like Chelsea and the second would be to add more fire to the already heated derbies between the two London teams.
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Interestingly, there is still one question to be answered- if we were to go ahead and create an STD for the Blues, what would it be called? Off the top of my head, I have a few suggestions;
• St. Chelscum’s day
• The day of the blues
• St. Stamfall Bridge’s day
Whatever the case may be, it would be interesting if we were to implement such a day for Chelsea. After all, competition and rivalry always brings out the best banter and derbies out of fans and their teams.