For the past sixteen Premier League seasons, Arsenal fans have celebrated the movable holiday they know as “Saint Totteringham’s Day,” the point of the season where local rivals Tottenham Hotspur can no longer finish above them in the league. With Tottenham’s form this season, and a victory in the North London Derby, that record is under threat. But Jack Wilshere doesn’t think so, and he’s put his money where his mouth is.
Arsenal started this season atrociously. From their first seven games, the Gunners won just twice, against newly-promoted Swansea City and relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers. They were emphatically dismantled by Manchester United, and were beaten in the first North London Derby of the year. Since then however, they’ve won five straight in the league, and captain Robin van Persie is on track to set the Premier League record for goals in a calendar year.
Spurs also got off to a rough beginning, losing 3-0 and 5-1 to Manchesters of the United and City varieties, but have since embarked on a barnstorming nine-game unbeaten run, and currently sit third in the table with a game in hand on the teams around them. Crucially, that includes a three point cushion over Arsenal. Manager Harry Redknapp thinks his team can win the league.
With both clubs doing well at the moment, it’s understandable that both are bullish about their chances of either extending or ending the continued run of the Feast of Saint Totteringham.
And when Spurs fans started taunting Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere about their lead, he decided to call them out, and offered them a bet.
Wilshere is currently injured, but should be back to help Arsenal try and win his bet by the end of January.
Full story: Arsenal.com