“Tottenham in the Bernabeu, Arsenal watching Emmerdale!”
In Madrid on Tuesday, Tottenham fans seriously enjoyed their new status as Champions League regulars.
Whilst great local rivals Arsenal struggle in the Europa League.
One of the most popular songs in Madrid, from the Tottenham faithful was: “Tottenham in the Bernabeu, Arsenal watching Emmerdale.”
For many Spurs fans, it has been 20 years of watching Arsenal play the glamour games, whilst they languished outside Europe altogether or in the Europa League.
Roy Keane & Lee Dixon savage Arsenal
On the ITV Champions League round up programme on Wednesday evening, there was a discussion comparing Tottenham and Arsenal.
The question was originally asked of former Arsenal right back Lee Dixon.
And, in fairness to Dixon he did not go with the regular platitudes you might expect from a former Gunner.
Dixon: “Overall they are in better shape than Arsenal”
Dixon agreed that Tottenham “have gone past” Arsenal and that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are better defensively.
The former England international elaborated on his opinion, hailing Tottenham’s defensive ability, their use of different systems and Dixon concludes that “overall they are in better shape than Arsenal”.
Cue Roy Keane who chimes in with:
“Most teams in the Premier League are better than Arsenal…”
Why listen to 1100 words from Lee Dixon on the who is better Spurs v Arsenal debate when 11 words from Roy Keane sums it up? pic.twitter.com/xaGgg7yvvK
— Disaffected (@ingeland) October 19, 2017
The difference between Arsenal and Spurs right now, at least in European terms, is shown today with the Gunners playing Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.
Despite the above assessments from Roy Keane and Lee Dixon it should be remembered that there is not a great deal between Spurs and Arsenal.
Both are expected to be in the top six of the Premier League and Arsenal have secured a lot more silverware than Spurs, even during the Mauricio Pochettino era.