Arsenal versus Tottenham. It’s an age-old battle that never ceases to disappoint. The hatred that both sets of fans have for each other is tangible, and given the history that these two clubs share, it is understandable. And to add fuel to the fire, the recent debate of a “power shift” in North London has just set up a media battle for the ages.
Ever since Pochettino took over as the manager for Spurs, things have been positive for them, with the team performing consistently under the Argentine. But, with no trophies to show for all the good things going on at Spurs, Pochettino is yet to prove himself. This season especially, Poch has defied all odds, guiding Spurs to the semi-finals of the Champions League and looking solid to secure top 4 in the league, considering they were the only team not to sign any player in the summer.
For Arsenal, however, ever since their move to the Emirates, things haven’t looked as promising as the fans would’ve imagined. In that time, the Gunners have failed to win the Premier League and their performances against the big clubs in the league and in Europe have been uninspiring. Arsenal are a pretty good team at home, but it’s their away form that raises eyebrows. In recent seasons, their away form has been abysmal, to say the least, going away and returning bruised and fruitless.
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(@AFCGally) April 20, 2019
It is this run of bad away days for the Arsenal, that has brought them into the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons. It has been the talk of the town in recent seasons, under the WengEra and currently, under Unai Emery. The Gunners have lost 6 and drawn 4 away this season, out of 16 away trips in the league, which is not the best, but not as bad as last season’s 11 losses and 4 draws away from home.
This is something that is close to the Gooners, who feel hard done by when their club is shown in a bad light when talking about away form. What infuriates them more is the media considering Spurs (or any other team for that matter), to be flawless. Stats show that Tottenham too have a poor away record since the turn of the year. But with far fewer people talking about it, Arsenal fans sense a media bias with regard to Spurs’ away record, which is not too different from the Gunners’.
Given Arsenal’s and Tottenham’s away records, is there really a media bias towards Spurs?