Kings of North London?
Potentially, seven points clear on Sunday and for many, Spurs have the better team and squad, but at what point are we really No1 in North London, with the footballing world?
Such is my feeling of Tottenham team domination, that I would only see Wiltshere as a definite starter in a combined team, though I'm sure that there are arguments over the likes of Walcott and Carzola, but at this time, is there anyone else that is a serious contender? You feel that Arsenal are still declining slowly, but surely, but Spurs seem to go marchin' on, as the famous song states. Talk of spending £70m and having £123m in the bank, is all well and good, but there are so many hole's to fill, that you feel that would be the minimum requirement and even then, revamping a side is no guarantee of a fix, especially with Wenger's recent record of buying.
I have said for some time, that Wenger has got too obsessed with the beautiful player and forgotten that every team needs a bit of ugly and nasty and though his side have the quality to beat almost anyone on the game, even that is a declining statement, because a couple of years ago, you knew they had the ability to beat anyone, not almost all. Bayern taught them a football lesson, but you do feel that Wenger has built a side that would have struggled to have got past any of the last sixteen in the CL. Something that was again, expected in previous seasons, unless they were drawn against the very best. In all honesty, I'm not claiming that Tottenham would have done better, but just considering that we could have faired equally, is a statement that the gap between the rivals has not just closed, but is increasingly opening the other way.
Up to this season, it was difficult to claim that Spurs were now the top team in North London, as even in perhaps having the better team on paper and also perhaps having the upper hand on recent results. Arsenal still finished above us last season, whilst they also hit us for another five goals in winning at the Emirates in November. Sure we can claim a Harry induced capitulation or an Adebayor blamed red card, however the facts are in black and white, and even a convincing win this Sunday, wont yet cement us as top dogs, only stealing their top four spot at the end of the season will give us that initiative, but for the long term, you still feel we have to do it season upon season and see out neighbours suffer, as we have for so long.
It may well be that until Spurs have a new stadium, continued superiority over Arsenal in the league, silverware and CL qualification that we can actually say we are now the Kings of North London, but currently I am happy just to enjoy the moment and keep my powder dry for the time when I feel that we hold the upper hand over a sustained period. All too often have we felt that we were the better, only to fall flat on our faces, as somehow they nicked glory, and given us more failure and frustration, but maybe, just maybe, this is the weekend and season, when we at least get the upper hand and if not secure an unquestioned No1 status, at least prove we hold the initiative and look the most likely to steal the crown...