Guard changing? - What the papers said when Tottenham beat Arsenal in March

When Tottenham beat Arsenal in March it was supposed to be confirmation of a change in fortunes for the two clubs. Not so.

This will make amusing reading for Arsenal fans, and perhaps painful viewing for Tottenham supporters.

With Arsenal mounting a superb comeback to secure a Champions League sport after their worst ever start to a Premier League season, we've taken a look at their lowest point - the 2-1 defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane.

That victory on March 3 had appeared to give Tottenham the real edge in the race to finish highest and secure a Champions League place, but the Gunners would stage a late season fightback.

It left fate in their own hands yesterday, with a 1-0 away win at Newcastle enough to complete the turnaround.

We have taken a reflective look at how the papers reported the Spurs win back in March, and picked out some of the comments which Arsenal well and truly proved wrong...

The Mirror:

It's been a long wait. Some 18 years since they finished above Arsenal.

So many false dawns, so many let-downs, so many self-inflicted failures.

But at White Hart Lane last night it felt like a changing of the North London guard. Felt like Spurs are not in the mood to throw it away again.

The Independent: 'Lethal Spurs signal a changing of guard in north London':

"Slowly, but perceptibly, these two clubs are passing one other in the natural order: it is Spurs who are the more powerful, the more dangerous and it is Arsenal who put up resistance, much of it admirable, but ultimately doomed to failure."

... "The decline is incremental. It is not as if Arsenal are bobbing around mid-table, but yesterday was another small descent further into mediocrity."

The Sun:

"For Spurs this was a record 12th Premier League game without defeat. They have developed a resilience — a change from the past when they have often capitulated when put under pressure.

"Spurs have the momentum and it shows no signs of coming to a halt."

Daily Star:

"Arsene Wenger was first down the tunnel yesterday – and now finds himself in one with no light at the end of it.

"This defeat looks like ensuring that what was ­already a disappointing season becomes a dismal one."

Did you expect Spurs to throw their lead away? 

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