The hotly contested derbies of English Football that once reached the pinnacle of overflowing emotions was dealt a severe blow, when one Arsenal FC supporter decided to pose for a quick selfie with the former Spurs Right Back Kyle Walker. Much has been made of the North London rivalry among the two clubs, yet incidents such as these clearly indicate a steady decline in the intensity and fervour of the past clashes.
Gunners fans will be rejoicing at the prospect of Tottenham emerging as a new feeder club for the Manchester juggernaut, since their beloved team has been picked apart by the Citizens in the last decade, yet the sight of a Gooner posing with a former enemy wearing the colors of the regular ravagers of Arsenal’s production line is sure to invite a lot of disdain.
A rivalry which once reached boiling point, is slowly witnessing a change of authority with Arsenal’s plummet out of the Champions League places and Tottenham’s rise towards becoming a genuine contender for the league title. The old faithful stand staunchly by their respective clubs, however the new trend of ‘Plastic Fans’ cannot be ignored. Loyalty, it seems can be bent after all.
Football by definition is a game of results, and this hunt for glory has translated into the regular phenomenon which is opposing players trading their club colours without much hesitation and increasing frequency.