5 Reasons why Arsenal is better than Tottenham
Arsenal and Tottenham are the biggest clubs in London, with some of the largest fan base of the world. One of the largest derbies of England is the North London Derby, played between Arsenal and Tottenham. This rivalry began after 1913 when Arsenal moved their pitch to North London. Arsenal is a little ahead in the derby results, having won 79 of 190 games, while Tottenham have won 60. There is a lot of confusion about which is the best of these two clubs. Today in this article we are going to tell you why Arsenal is better than Tottenham, as well as 5 reasons that it dominant over their competitors.
Arsenal won the ‘Invincibles’ crown when they were unbeaten all season in the Premier League. It is something that the Gunners celebrate every year. Some fans have lamented that Arsenal have not won a league title since then, but the hope to lift one in future is alive. Fans still want to go back to the days when a team of greats like Thierry Henry, Robert Pierce and Patrick Vieira proved to be too strong for the rest of English football. That was their insanity. Tottenham’s biggest glory was the Carling Cup final where they beat Arsenal’s best lineups (Sagna, Hleb, Walcott) 5-1 (or 6-2 in the first leg at the Emirates). But it took Tottenham nine heartbreaking years to lift a title. Moreover, Arsenal’s trophy case is much bigger and better than Tottenham.
Arsenal total titles –
13X ENGLISH CHAMPION, 14X FA CUP WINNER, 2X ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP WINNER, 1X CUP WINNERS CUP WINNER, 1X INTER-CITIES FAIRS CUP WINNER, 16X ENGLISH SUPERCUP WINNER.
Tottenham total titles –
2X ENGLISH CHAMPION, 8X FA CUP WINNER, 4X ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP WINNER, 2X UEFA CUP WINNER, 1X CUP WINNERS CUP WINNER, 7X ENGLISH SUPERCUP WINNER, 2X ENGLISH 2ND TIER CHAMPION.
Both clubs have a great history of football. But the history of Arsenal is more prestigious than that of Tottenham Hotspurs.
Founded in 1886, Arsenal’s first rise to fame came with the hiring of Herbert Chapman as manager in 1925. Arsenal won their first major trophy in 1930 under his management in the FA Cup final. They won many other trophies in the Chapman era. After that, from 1986, during Graham’s nine years in charge, his defense-oriented mindset proved a good fit for Arsenal to win two League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup, as well as win their first Cup Winners’ Cup. The history of Arsenal flourished when they signed Arsène Wenger as their manager. He successfully transformed the club into a goal-scoring machine by successfully importing French players such as Robert Pirés, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry. Between 1996 and 2004, Arsenal won three league titles and three FA Cups, the 2003-2004 season being particularly significant as they set a league record without losing a single match in the Premier League. From that time, Arsenal renamed itself as “The Invincibles”.
Founded in 1882, Tottenham acquired their first piece of silverware in 1901 by defeating Sheffield United in the FA Cup final. The appointment of Nicholson as manager of Tottenham created a new era for the club. During his time, he led the club to a League title (1961), three FA Cups (1961, 1962, 1967), two League Cups (1971, 1973), one Cup Winners’ Cup (1963) and the inaugural UEFA Cup (1972). In 1978, they signed two Argentinian players, Ardiles and Villa for Spurs, as their biggest signing for the club. As the most average team in the Premier League, the Spurs returned to the top and fought for the league title in the 2015/16 season.
3: Fan base
Both Arsenal and Tottenham have widespread fan bases throughout London and the rest of the world. Their fan bases are multi-ethnic. Both of their fans love their clubs so much as they call themselves “Gooners” (the term that is derived from Arsenal’s nickname “Gunners”) and “yids” (to express Tottenham’s historical support of the Jewish communities in North and East London), respectively for Arsenal and Tottenham. With a worldwide fan base of over 113 million people, it ranks third as the fanbase of all the Premier League teams. Arsenal fans have long been stereotyped about the resentment they feel towards their club – and express it. Sometimes regular low-level gossip erupts, intense criticism and bitter feelings are propagated. But they also support Arsenal.
Tottenham also have millions of fans who love their club. Now, these days, the club’s performance is not very good, but they still stand together with the club and supporting them in these tough times.
There have been 19 permanent and 8 caretaker managers of Arsenal since 1897. The most successful person to manage Arsenal is Arsène Wenger, who won 3 Premier League titles, 7 FA Cups and 7 Community Shields between 1996 and 2018. Wenger is the club’s longest-serving manager; he surpassed George Allison’s record of 13 years in October 2009. Arsenal played under these managers and achieved everything in their history. Here, Tottenham have had 46 managers since 1892, including 36 permanent and 10 caretaker managers. The most successful manager of all time for Spurs was Bill Nicholson. under his guidance, Spurs won 1 First Division, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 3 FA Charity Shield, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 UEFA Cup.
Arsenal’s management is more successful than Spurs. With a lower number of managers, they were able to achieve more trophies.
5: Iconic Players
Each team had some iconic players who made a name for themselves at the club. Arsenal and Tottenham are no exception. They also have many iconic players who add to their glory. Among them, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell, Ashley and even the entire 2003-04 line-up for Arsenal are considered iconic line-ups. In addition to these, Emmanuel Petit, Ian Wright, Tony Adams, David Seaman are also known as the iconic players of football. Sol Campbell is one of the iconic players for both Tottenham and Arsenal, since he played for Tottenham in 1992-2001 and Arsenal in 2001-2006.
Tottenham have also contributed a number of players to the list of iconic players in football. Big names like Ted Ditchburn, Steve Perryman, Steve Archibald, Paul Gascoigne, Rafael van der Vaart, Robbie Keane, Mike England, Michael Dawson, Luka Modric, Ledley King, John White and now Harry Kane.
Well, both teams have won so many titles that they are still hungry. I hope you understand why the North London rivalry is so exciting for fans all around the world. Arsenal edges over Tottenham easily as they have better history and more glory to themselves. Although in recent years Tottenham has performed much better than Arsenal but with no luck to win any major title. The fight of Tottenham to win such titles continues and maybe in the future, they can win them and then they will be able to compete with Arsenal in the true sense.