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Just When I Was Starting To Worry About Spurs ...

Just When I Was Starting To Worry About Spurs ...

There's a standing joke amongst Arsenal fans, it's called Tottenham Hotspur.

Every year we're bombarded with very obscure jibes from Tottenham fans about how we're 'going to win fuck all' and how they're going to finish above us, and after throwing more money at their problems than any other club in Premiership history bar Chelsea and Liverpool (and probably soon to be Man City too) they fall to piece and we can all enjoy our pints over a good chuckle.

Spurs start to the 2009/10 campaign was delicious, some of the most comical football in living memory, it was a special time. And then came good old 'Arry Redknapp.

Redknapp was momentarily caught up in good old fashion Spurs tradition of talking big, spending bigger (seriously, how many former players are you going to sign?) and capitulating at a fantastic time, but for me, that's changed over recent times.

I'm not sure whether the current financial climate played it's part in the decrease in Spurs spending power or the realisation that stability is the key to successful football, but whatever has gone on seems to be working for Spurs.

Ok, so they have had a few dodgy 'spurs-like' results, but this season .... who hasn't? And in complete honesty, I was starting to worry that they might actually make the Champions League spot this season (not at our expense of course).

However just as it looked like things were coming together for Spurs, 'Arry did the inexplicable, and opened that hole on his scrotum-like, easing my fears that Spurs had actually changed. In keeping with the inferiority complex that goes hand in hand with trying to keep up with the Jones' Redknapp seeks to compare his team with the Gunners and says Spurs can finish 3rd this season.

'Of course Liverpool can finish third. But if they beat Arsenal and we beat Wolves then we can finish third. Arsenal are suddenly right back in the pack. And in all honesty we've thrown a lot of good leads away and we really should be above Arsenal now.'

'It would be a good achievement and we have a chance. At the start of the season we would have taken where we are now - still in the cup and pushing for a Champions League place. We couldn't have asked for more than that at the start of the year but we have thrown some points away.'

'Everyone can do it but we really have. Stoke in the last minute, Hull, Wolves at home, 2-0 up at Everton with 10 minutes to go, Birmingham away, a couple of points here and there. If Arsenal get beaten then it opens it up if we win or Manchester City win or Villa.'

'Then all of a sudden you look at it and the top two have gone and we're all fighting for two positions between five teams.'

As always with Spurs it's about 'what-if's', and until they learn to forget about Arsenal and concentrate on Spurs then they'll always play second fiddle to the Gunners. The irony is that if they didn't spend so much time trying to best us, that they would have a much better chance of doing so.

Thanks 'Arry, I can go back to laughing over a swift pint of Abbotts.

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Date:Wednesday February 10 2010
Time: 11:03AM


Alright, fair enough, what 'Arry said was optimistic, to say the least. Third place was never going to come easy for us, and probably won't for the next few years. However, what about you? If you win nothing this year, there's a chance that Fabregas will leave. And then what? Will Merida or Ramsey fill the gap? This isn't a slag, or anything of the sort. Just a little fillip to your thinking, is all. I'd say you have reason to be worried about your team as well, same as us.
10/02/2010 11:10:00
I'm worried about us that's for sure, but then again very few Gooners go around making very bold predictions about where we're going to finish. I was mildly optomistic earlier in the season, but I know we have a reputation for choking, which seems to be transpiring again. We also don't feel the need to consistently compare outselves to our nearest rivals. Of course given the rest of the world's distain for our manager we still kop a lot of *****, but that goes hand in hand with being an Arsenal fan.
10/02/2010 11:15:00
1st paragraph - what Spurs fans have ever said that? 2nd paragraph - 2009/2010 we started brilliantly (Harry arrived in 2008/2009 season). Didn't read any more as it was obviously complete tosh. Spurs may find it hard trying to climb up the table into the Sky4 CL positions but it won't be hard as Ar5ena1 fans seem to find climbing the evolutionary scale.
10/02/2010 11:18:00
Redknapp is just giving his media soundbites designed to promote only himself. If you speak to the majority of Spurs fans (not the over excited knee jerkers!) they will say its nonsense. No club sets themselves up for a fall as much as we do!
Spud Gun
10/02/2010 11:18:00
Darbinho - Coming into our forums and have a look around ;) Spud Gun, you're probably right, maybe the majority of the Spurs fans do have an objective view on the situation, but as they're not the ones to speak out then it's only natural that the gobby ones stand out from the crowd. That said it's just a bit of banter, nothing to get upset about :)
10/02/2010 11:24:00
We always seem to shoot ourselves in the media foot. Still, its always good for a bit of banter. I seem to recall hearing Wenger saying that the title is still in arsenals grasp in the last day or so. Personally I think its at leaset as unlikely as us finishing 3rd to be honest.
10/02/2010 11:25:00
We always seem to shoot ourselves in the media foot. Still, its always good for a bit of banter. I seem to recall hearing Wenger saying that the title is still in arsenals grasp in the last day or so. Personally I think its at leaset as unlikely as us finishing 3rd to be honest.
10/02/2010 11:25:00
Arry may be a little optimistic, but not as much as Mr. Wenger, who keeps on insisting that 'Arsenal still have a realistic chance of winning the Premier League title.'. Yes, of course You have. Lol.
10/02/2010 11:25:00
Totally agree with the fact that Harry should keep some of his thoughts to himself, but there is no denying Arsenal are either ONLY JUST ahead or right in the mix with Villa, Spurs, City and Liverpool as your last two results have proved that the top 2 are light-years ahead.. And I know we give it all the talk but that’s why you love us so much Rocky!! And it wouldn't be right if I didn’t offer you some ifs and buts so Stoke, Wolves and Hull at home must be seen as home bankers for Spurs? so add 8pts to our points total and see what could very easily have been our points total so far this season, Harry's comments aside I will begrudgingly hoping for an Le Arse win tonight..... God that hurts!
10/02/2010 11:27:00
That's quite true .... and we've been laughed at, so I wanted some payback. Lol
10/02/2010 11:28:00
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