Mauricio Pochettino hoping to end the ‘St Totteringham’s Day’ curse
TOTTENHAM fans have been waiting more than TWO DECADES to finish above bitter rivals Arsenal.
And this season it could finally be Spurs’ year – with just seven matches remaining, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are 14 points clear of the Gunners.
Spurs are surely on course… here’s everything you need to know.
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When is the earliest Spurs can finish above Arsenal?
After last year’s embarrassing collapse, Tottenham will be desperate to finally end the St
Totteringham’s Day curse.
On the final day of 2015-16, all Spurs had to do to finish above their rivals was draw with the already-relegated Newcastle – they promptly lost 5-1.
Spurs have seven games left and currently have a 14 point gap over Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
Tottenham fans will be hoping the two clubs in similar results in the next couple of weeks, so that they can guarantee they finish above Arsenal when the two teams meet in the north London derby on April 30.
With an outside chance of winning the Premier League, Spurs have to continue on their winning streak.
But Arsenal, who have now won just one of their last five matches, are now seven points off the top four.
Mathematically, Spurs need 11 points from their final seven matches to finish above Arsenal, even if the Gunners win all eight of their remaining games.
When is the last time Tottenham finished above Arsenal?
It’s been a long wait for the white half of north London, Spurs last finished above their rivals way back in 1994-95, a full 22 years ago.
Football has changed exponentially in that time.
Gerry Francis was Spurs manager, George Graham was sacked in February and Arsene Wenger wouldn’t arrive in north London for another 16 months.
Jurgen Klinsmann was Tottenham’s top scorer and Ian Wright was the biggest star of an Arsenal squad that had just one Swede and one Dutch player. The rest were British or Irish.
Blackburn Rovers won the title that season, Spurs came second and Arsenal were 12th.
What is St Totteringham’s Day?
Celebrated annually by Arsenal fans, it is credited with the fan site ArseWeb, starting back in 2002.
It has been part of the mainstream media since around 2010.
It celebrates the day that Arsenal are mathematically certain of finishing above Spurs.
Who do Spurs still have to play?
Pochettino’s team have a difficult run-in, although they start their season countdown with an easy-looking clash at home to Bournemouth.
After an FA Cup semi-final with rivals Chelsea, Spurs face three London derbies – away to Crystal Palace, at home to Arsenal and away again to West Ham.
Spurs still have to welcome Manchester United to White Hart Lane and face Hull City on the final day of the season.
The match against Leicester, postponed because of the FA Cup semi-final, still has to be rearranged.
Who do Arsenal still have to play?
Out of form and out of sorts, Arsenal also have a tricky run-in.
Arsene Wenger’s long streak of reaching the Champions League is in serious doubt with home clashes against Leicester City, Manchester United and Everton on the final day of the season.
As well as the away trip to bitter rivals Spurs, Arsenal also have to visit bogeymen Stoke City.
The game with Sunderland is yet to be given a date – that was postponed because of the Manchester City FA Cup semi-final.