On the weekend of August 27/28 will live in the memory in recent Premiership history because what was seen could not have been predicted.
Sunday 28th August in the afternoon Tottenham who just missed out on a Champions League spot played host to the team who replaced them - Manchester City.
Then straight after, Premiership holders Manchester United entertained Arsenal. Rather than watching two very close fought games, we saw two annihilations . In the first match Eden Dzeko helped himself to four goals as Manchester City showed just how lethal their attack can be with a 5-1 win at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal fans were absolutely loving this and twitter was the worst place to be as a Tottenham fan. Two hours later, Arsenal fans were left feeling just as bad as they saw their team crushed 8-2 at Old Trafford.
The papers had a field day days after and as per usual the English media already started predicting that North London were going to have two struggling teams for the foreseeable future.
Well, Fabregas finally left, Nasri decided to go and Van Persie has not signed a new contract. What could get worse for Arsenal fans, well the Old Trafford debacle was painful to watch unless you were a Tottenham fan.
The team that everybody targets every year as the team to replace in the top four were looking extremely vulnerable. To top it all off, the gunners have to deal with the constant reminder from rival fans who never forget to stress “you have not won a trophy in years”.
Just how long can they wait for Wenger to deliver them a trophy that every Arsenal fan is craving for.
Things seemed to be getting worse for Arsenal and the 4-3 defeat to Blackburn was a further downer in a season that had barely gone into gear two. How could this situation possibly get worse?
Questions were primarily being asked about their leaky defence. Per Mertesacker was not giving anybody confidence, Carl Jenkinson was just too inexperienced and Thomas Vermaelen was a long term absentee.
Meanwhile, down the road for Tottenham, the Luka Modric saga dominated the papers over the summer and the strain of the story took its toll on the player and club.
Luka came out and said his chairman did not keep his word and even asked to be left out for a Premiership game because he didn’t feel his head was in the right place. After that painful defeat to Manchester City, Spurs fans were feeling very low.
With their prized asset wanted to leave, getting back in the top four looked like an uphill struggle with the riches of Manchester City, they had a strike force that were struggling for goals.
Where do they go from here? Their fans almost forgetting that not too long ago they were an average team in the Premiership and now demand a top four finish every year.
Spurs fans were beginning to question themselves on whether their beloved team have peaked and the only way for them was down? And let us not forget the worrying Spurs fans who believe it is only a matter of time before the national team comes knocking for Harry Redknapp and he duly accepts.
For Arsenal it was the time to separate the men from the boys, the leaders from the followers and even the strong from the weak. Fortunately they found that but more emphatically in one man.
Many fans frown upon the term “one man team” which is not fair as you are disregarding performances from others however, whether Arsenal fans like it or not, one man has been getting all the plaudits and he truly deserves it. Robin Van Persie has been instrumental in the resurgence of Arsenal.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are rightly getting most of the plaudits but Van Persie has been anything but remarkable. His link up play with Walcott, Ramsey and Gervinho has been a joy to watch and his finishing is made to look so easy.
His hat-trick at Stamford Bridge in which many people doubted Arsenal on that day was the highlight so far in his season. His preferred left foot is one of the best in the business however, he has a right foot which can be deadly too.
Whilst questions are still asked about their defending, you cannot argue about the gunner’s attack spearheaded by a guy who has scored more goals than games played in 2011.
They rely heavily on Van Persie and he delivers every time. Nevertheless, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta performances should not go unnoticed as they have put contributed immensely.
Arteta who in his own admission cannot replace Fabregas, has been fantastic in the middle. He has added steel but more importantly added creativity in a team that is still reeling from the losses of Fabregas and Nasri.
It would be criminal not to acknowledge the importance of Thomas Vermaelen returning from injury and he has helped settle the ship at the back for the Gunners.
Tottenham’s worries was not so much players going or threatening to go, it was players coming in. There was a clear need for new arrivals.
They got a striker in the worst possible form of Emmanuel Adebayor who has been a constant thorn in Tottenham’s defence over the years and not to mention his past association with Arsenal which never goes down well.
For some fans that was a step too far and it was going to take more than a few goals to win them over. Alongside the Adebayor signing, last years player of the year Scott Parker signed to add some steal to the team.
Meanwhile, Peter Crouch left reluctantly after being told he would struggle to get games and left for Stoke. Nevertheless new signings Adebayor and Parker have been at the centre of Tottenham’s amazing run which came to an end against Stoke two weeks ago. Parker and Adebayor have been excellent so far.
Spurs fans won’t forget Parker’s performance in the derby win against Arsenal. He seemed to win every tackle in that game and his distribution was just as clean. Adebayor has helped himself to nine goals so far this season and also has a few assists to his name.
This will certainly go a long way in helping fans get over his past allegiance with Arsenal. Alongside Parker and Adebayor, Luka Modric who desperately wanted to leave for Chelsea is back to his best alongside Bale, Lennon, Van Der Vaart and Defoe who have all pitched in.
One can never forget Ledley King who is like Robin Van Persie in the sense that when they are in the starting 11, their teams chances of winning increases massively.
Optimism is high amongst Spurs fans and some believe their team can finish in the top three or even higher.
It is fair to say Arsenal look a different side without Van Persie and it is essential he stays fit. When Van Persie plays, Arsenal look ever so dangerous going forward as he has attributes that no other player in the team can offer.
If they tighten up at the back, they could become very difficult to beat. Tottenham look good in third place and do not have the Champions League to think about unlike last season.
It is a bit of a catch 22 because they struggled at times in the Premiership last season after Champions League games which cost them their place this year however, they would like to be participating in it once more.
The momentum can continue and they have some favourable games over the weeks. Whoever wrote off the North London clubs at the early parts of the season, I suggest you put your head down in shame because the North London brigade is back!
Arsenal stand currently in (4th) place with a game against Fulham away on Monday 2nd of Jan 17.30pm.
Where as Tottenham (3rd) host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday 2nd of Jan 19.45pm and have their game in hand against Everton next Wednesday on the 11th of Jan 19.45pm.
They are must win games for both sides as both teams in Manchester dropped points during the festive season. This could get interesting…
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