Arsenal FC: 10 Reasons to Hate Tottenham on Derby Day

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Arsenal FC: 10 Reasons to Hate Tottenham on Derby Day
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It is the classic rivalry. The North London Derby. Perhaps the second most significant rivalry in England, and one of the biggest in world sport. It is Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ever since Arsenal moved north of the River Thames in 1913, and especially after they were promoted under extremely shadowy circumstances in six years later, the two clubs—and their fans—have detested each other with a fury hardly known in professional sports.

And if such a strong rivalry can continue for so long, there certainly must be something beneath the surface driving it. Even though I have not been an Arsenal supporter all my life, I cannot help but feel overcome with emotion when coming upon a Spurs fan in the street. There's just something in the water.

There are so many reasons to hate Tottenham, it is hard to list only ten. But, in order to allow you to finish reading before the derby is actually played, I have whittled it down to the best ten, in no particular order.

This is all in good fun, though, so try to save the abusive comments for another forum.

Enjoy, and keep the faith Gooners. At least we'll always be better than our noisy North London neighbors.

Update: Being as confident as I am of a derby win for Arsenal, I have accepted a challenge from Sean Babcock where, if Spurs win, I will write a slideshow with 5 reasons why I am switching my allegiances to Tottenham, and if the Gunners, win, Mr. Babcock will do the opposite slideshow. This should be interesting...

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