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Is North London Still Red?

Three seasons.That will be the cumulative total of campaigns that Tottenham will have finished above us.The status quo that was established under Arsene Wenger – more than two decades of dominance over the other half of North London – is it in danger of going the other way?In short, no.We have endured three years of spurs in the ascendancy, enjoying the spoils as we travelled backwards so the gap we built first shrank, then dissolved completely. We saw them speed off and we craned our neck as they finished in the top three.For a convention, a tradition, to be flipped on its head though? That requires two things to happen.Firstly, Tottenham have to win things. They have to lift trophies. Even as we finished below spurs we still lifted the FA Cup. We may have conceded the league, but in terms of success, they have a mountain to climb to even sit at the same table as us.Secondly, they need to finish above us for far longer than three years.When Wenger took over, we had finished above spurs but the chasm had not been created. League titles, FA Cups, continual Champions League involvement and being in contention perpetually saw us in the highest of echelons, while spurs were mired in ignominy.Martin Jol and Harry Redknapp helped spurs recover and they began to push, to close the gap. North London derby days were spicy once again, we weren’t toying with a mouse anymore, their was a bite that hadn’t been there before.With Pochettino, the Argentine has got the best out of his men, and some astute purchases really have gelled the squad. They have shown they can beat anyone in the league on their day, and for three years, they have been the better side. We can’t argue that.The bottom line is that despite their position, this season we could – and perhaps should – have been above them in the league. We should have attained superiority over them again. This is Emery’s first season and he has instantly closed the gap that had grown.So, even though the media and experts paint a picture of a world-beating side capable of greatness, Arsenal – a team recovering from a recent slide – are closer than everyone gives us credit for.So we may finish below them this season, but North London is still most definitely red.