St Totteringham's Day 2014: Arsenal Top Tottenham Again in Premier League Table

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky, right, celebrates scoring with teammate Olivier Giroud during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Arsenal may have failed in their pursuit of Premier League glory, but a special kind of success has been achieved for Gunners fans. St Totteringham's Day 2014 was confirmed on Monday after Arsenal won 3-0 against Newcastle to confirm Arsene Wenger's men will finish above Spurs again this season.  

Premier League historians will need to travel back to the 1994-95 campaign to find the last time Tottenham finished above their local rivals in the domestic division. Spurs are now seven points away from Arsenal with two games remaining, meaning Wenger's men once again emerge as the pride of North London.

Both clubs have endured ups and downs throughout the season. Arsenal led for much of the campaign, but a difficult post-Christmas schedule across the Premier League and Europe halted Wenger's hopes of returning his side to the English throne.

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Arsenal's recent 3-0 whooping away at Everton threatened to ruin their quest for Champions League football. The Toffees' loss to Crystal Palace and two/three straight wins has seen Arsenal once again take control of their destiny.

Spurs sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas in December and initially enjoyed a return to form under Tim Sherwood, who increased the side's attacking intent. Although the former Spurs midfielder was smart to reintroduce Emmanuel Adebayor into the lineup, five losses in six games throughout March is likely to see Sherwood lose his job at the end of the season, reported by Jamie Redknapp of Sky Sports.

Redknapp, a former teammate of Sherwood's, says a potential decision to remove the current boss so quickly would be "staggering in this day and age."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Tim Sherwood manager of Tottenham Hotspur wipes his face during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Imag
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Arsenal won both Premier League encounters against Spurs this season, beating their opponents 1-0 home and away. Olivier Giroud won September's Emirates tie, while Tomas Rosicky's memorable strike decided the points during March's reverse fixture.

It's worth noting Wenger's side also knocked Spurs out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at the beginning of January. Santi Cazorla and Rosicky got the goals that would send Arsenal on a run to the competition's final.

While Arsenal's chance of capturing their first piece of silverware in nine years is sure to get many excited, the confirmation of St Totteringham's Day ensures the Premier League season hasn't been a complete disappointment for fans who crave local bragging rights.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30:  Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal acknowledges the fans as he arrives at Cardiff City during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Both clubs are expected to strengthen during the summer, but after Spurs spent in excess of £100 million before the start of the current campaign, it seems money isn't going to guarantee success. The end of next season marks 20 years since Spurs last toppled their closest rivals, ensuring the White Hart Lane faithful have plenty of work to do if they are to overpower those in red and white.