25 Apr A tale of North London
North London may be a rather miserable place to be come the end of the season.
Tottenham’s chances of catching Leicester to win the Premiership title are looking increasingly slim, whilst Arsenal are at risk of not making the top four.
In many ways, it is a tale of two managers.
While Spurs fans will be gutted if their team doesn’t win the league, the club is going in the right direction.
Under Pochettino, the White Hart Lane outfit have mounted a strong challenge for the number one spot.
If it were not for the astonishing season the Foxes have had, Tottenham would be the talk of the town.
They have not been crowned the champions of England since 1961, coming closer to ending that record than any other Spurs side of recent times.
That there hasn’t been more talk of them being described as overachievers is testament to how strong a squad they have assembled.
They have quality throughout their team, combining age and experience in all areas of the pitch and if it is not to be their year this term, then you’d expect them to be strong favourites for next season.
Meanwhile, rivals Arsenal have yet again failed to make a convincing case for the title in a story that feels like an inevitability year in, year out.
Despite the array of world class players they possess; Petr Cech, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, they have reached the end of yet another campaign that leaves fans once more frustrated at the sides inability to mount a credible top spot fight.
Every season they have a good run of form which has the pundits and fans believing that this could finally be their year. And every season, the “Arsenal win league” story is saved again into the drafts folder.
Supporters have had enough of Wenger and it is hard to see how he can continue in the job and take the club forward.
Throughout his tenure, he has been praised for guaranteeing Arsenal a place in the top four an Champions League football.
With Leicester City now in the mix, even that promised position isn’t guaranteed for Arsenal anymore.
A draw against relegation battlers Sunderland now threatens Wenger’s hopes of a 20th successive Champions League spot.
There has been much made of the supposed riches available to Wenger, yet the Frenchman has stubbornly refused to spend the sort of money the supporters want to see.
Being financially responsible is one thing. But it can’t continue to be used as an excuse for the lack of a league title.
The truth is, they haven’t been beaten by big spenders Manchester City or Chelsea, unable to compete for the best players in the transfer market.
They’ve been beaten by their own lack of belief and work ethic.
This summer, Arsenal should replace Wenger with a manager who won’t accept being one of the top five teams in the division. They need someone who is a winner and will fight to win Arsenal the trophy the fans so covet. Even if Wenger doesn’t.