It’s happened yet again: Arsenal fans, players celebrate 21st St Totteringham's Day

It's happened again!

The annual tradition of St Totteringham's Day — the occasion in a Premier League season when Tottenham Hotspur mathematically cannot finish over Arsenal — seemed like it wouldn't happen this season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side went into the final weekend knowing that they only needed to avoid defeat against relegated Newcastle to finish runners-up and above their North London neighbours.

But it's happened again!

Arsenal's difficult season ended on a high when Olivier Giroud's hat-trick lifted them to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur slumped to 5-1 defeat at Newcastle. As a result, Arsene Wenger's side finished in the top two for the first time since 2005. More importantly, the players and fans had the opportunity to celebrate St Totteringham's Day for the 21st year in a row.

News of Newcastle's third goal against Spurs caused a huge cheer at the Emirates Stadium and an outsider could have been forgiven for thinking that they had won the title. "Those Newcastle goals are being celebrated louder than Olivier Giroud's hat-trick," the commentators observed with a chuckle.

It's happened again!

The players and fans made sure they rubbed salt in Spurs' wounds as they basked in the glory of this "achievement". Social media was abuzz with mocking tweets and posts, with even ex-Arsenal players joining in the fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the elated fans, Wenger was disappointed at the way the season ended.

"We did not start the season saying we want to finish above Tottenham. But we wanted to win the league and I agree with you there is a frustration because we didn't win the league," he said after the match.

Sorry Arsenal fans, but finishing above Spurs isn't the only priority for your manager.


Updated Date: May 16, 2016 17:27 PM

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