Tottenham must lose their small-club mentality and look to learn from Arsenal

Ange Postecoglou grimacing while holding his arms out on the pitch

Ange Postecoglou was furious some Spurs fans were happy to lose to Manchester City (Picture: Reuters)

So thank you, everybody. The result might have gone the way most suspected but the memes were special.

By way of a recap: Arsenal needed Tottenham to win or draw with Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to have the title in their hands. Spurs win bafflingly often against Pep Guardiola’s side in their new home – every time they’ve hosted them in the league, in fact. Until Tuesday, when they lost 2-0 in front of home support nearly as audible as a Covid crowd.

Tottenham, in case you’re wondering, last won the league in 1961. You would realistically have to be a Spurs fan in your 70s to have a proper memory of your side being the best in the land. Arsenal have won a few a little more recently. And yet the local rivalry remains as vigorous as ever.

Perhaps that’s why so many Spurs fans have to settle for getting pleasure from mishaps that befall their north London neighbours.

More than one friend of mine confided they would rather see us relegated than Arsenal win the league. I thought it was hyperbole until I heard the crowd on Tuesday.

The lusty chorus of ‘Come on you Spurs’ when City were finally 2-0 up with only injury time to play broke my heart. Ange Postecoglou’s heart seemed a little battered after the game too.

Asked the Arsenal question his response, ‘I just don’t care, I wanna win, I wanna be successful at this football club’, was not a dodge but the only possible correct answer from someone serious about his craft and about his team.

Arsenal’s patience with manager Mikel Arteta is bearing fruit (Picture: AP)

For so long Tottenham fans have complained – rightly at times – about a lack of ambition. And now, in this moment, everything is as close to poised as it can be. The stadium is built, the related money should soon be funnelled to transfers and a manager with a plan and long-term vision is in position.

Hell, even the women’s team improbably made a cup final. And then this.

A very strong performance against the Premier League’s best team for four years straight with – somehow lost though it has been in the noise – Champions League football still on the line, and… ambivalence.

It is small-club mentality to be so focused on what everyone else is up to. ‘But it’s Arsenal!’ is the obvious caveat. Sure, it is. And they trusted the process for coming up on five years and very nearly made it. They still could, in theory, with one to play.

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Source:: Metro


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