Date:Sunday March 4 2012
In 2006 the great North London rivalry returned for the first time in years. After many years in our shadow Tottenham threatened to finish above us in the league and obtain that much sought after 4th spot and a place in the Champions League.
Despite leading Arsenal almost the entire way Spurs blew it on the last day of the season after some of their players forgot to wash their hands after visiting the little spuddies room and they all came down with dysentery.
"Foul play" they cried, and the idea of the Gooner Chef was born.
After writing many letters insisting they had been robbed of their rightful place in the Champions League, Tottenham had to accept returning back to their status as shadow dwellers.
Over the next few years Spurs would spend lots of money looking to overtake their neighbours whilst Arsenal returned in kind by selling all of theirs, until we arrive at the 2011/12 campaign in which Tottenham go on a great run of games and claim that their best team in 50 years can go on to win the title.
The Gunners meanwhile get off to their worst start in what is just short of their entire history having lost valuable first team members in the summer, not least the amazing Francesc Fabregas.
Arsenal stutter through the first 20 odd games of the season whilst Spurs seem to go from strength to strength. "We`re going to murder them in the NLD" claim Tottenham fans, and at 2-0 after 20 minutes it appears as though their predictions would come to pass.
But just before half time, the spirit of the Gooner Chef returned and took possession of the Arsenal players leading them to a magnificent 5-2 victory. As the final whistle sounded the gurgle of dihorea coursing around the bowls of the Tottnum players was almost audible above the raucous cheering of the basking red and white clad Gooners.
What could, and should have been a 13 point lead for Spurs last week after being 2-0 up has transformed almost quite unbelievably to a mere four point gap between the two North London clubs after the Gunners rallied from 1-0 to win 2-1 in a hard fought game at Anfield, whilst the spurs crumbled yet again losing 3-1 at home to Manchester United despite being the better team on the day.
So as the end of the season races towards us, I urge Gooners everywhere to tease and taunt Tottenham fans, add to the doubts that have almost certainly already started creeping in to their heads.
The more they doubt, the more we believe, and the more we believe the better chance we have of over taking our old rivals and proving once and for all, that North London is ours. Because if their best team in 50 years can`t over come our worst in 30, then they`re never going to finish above us.
Date:Sunday March 4 2012
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