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Arsenal Fans Go Mental As St Totteringham’s Day Finally Arrives

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Arsenal’s wretched form at the turn of the year meant that finishing below Tottenham for the first time since 1995 looked a near certainty.

The annual tradition of “St. Totteringham’s Day” – the point at which Spurs mathematically cannot finish above their North London rivals – seemed as though it would not be happening this year as Mauricio Pochettino’s side embarked on a Premier League title challenge.

However, a run of form that had seen Tottenham pick up just two points from three games allowed Arsenal back to within touching distance of second place in the league table.

Despite their poor form, a point would still have seen Spurs finish above Arsenal in the table regardless of events at the Emirates, such was their vastly superior goal difference.

You can guess what happened next…

The Gunners did their bit after only five minutes as Olivier Giroud scored his second goal in as many games to put the home side in front against relegated Aston Villa. He would later to go on to record a hatrick to emphasise the victory, before a Marc Bunn own goal sealed Villa’s misery. 4-0 at the finish.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at The Emirates

Tottenham, meanwhile went into the tunnel at half time 2-0 down away at also relegated Newcastle – Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrović putting Rafa Benítez’s side in a commanding position at the break.

Érik Lamela halved the deficit at the hour mark, but the home side restored their two goal advantage with less than twenty minutes to go when Wijnaldum converted a highly dubious Newcastle penalty.

Newcastle United's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (L) scores their third goal from the penalty spot past Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (R) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on May 15, 2016. / AFP / Scott Heppell (Photo credit should read SCOTT HEPPELL/AFP/Getty Images)

Even a Mitrovic red card could not stop a Tottenham meltdown, however – Newcastle ran riot and destroyed them 5-1 in the end.

Not since 2006 – the year of the famous lasagne incident – have Spurs been so close to finishing above Arsenal in the table since they last did so in 1995. They may have qualified for the Champions League again, but having had a glimpse of something greater, finishing third in the table will feel like something of an anti-climax.

Arsenal, too, have had a confusing time of it. Despite the “Wenger Out” protests and very public Piers Morgan meltdowns, by finishing second in the table they have recorded their highest Premier League finish in a decade.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.