With Arsenal's impending cup final, let’s look across North London to see how Tottenham Hotspur - their dearest impassioned rivals - have fared since their last trophy.
Tottenham last honour was their League Cup win in 2008. Six years have since passed, with a few unsuccessful managers exiting almost as soon as they’d arrived; many million pounds worth of signings made; a handful of superstars jumping ship and, as we’ve come to expect from Spurs, many, many delusional statements of intent and potential glory, with absolutely zero to show for it.
Over those six years, £311m was spent, although, to be fair to their directional hierarchy, they’ve taken £313m from players heading to pastures new. On players alone that’s a net profit of £2m.
When, however, one drills down a little deeper to inspect the calibre of players arriving when compared with those leaving, things aren’t as impressive.
It begins with Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart, Steven Caulker and Niko Kranjcar and ends with Gareth Bale - all exceptional players, I’m sure you’ll agree!
By contrast, some of the biggest transfer fees the club have paid include deals for injury-hit Argentine, Erik Lamela; misfiring Spaniard, Roberto Soldado; underplayed Brazilian, Paulinho; hubristic Englishman, David Bentley; can’t-score-a-big-goal Jermaine Defoe and lackadaisical Belgian Mousa Dembele – all active players yet only two head to the World Cup this summer.
During those six years, Tottenham have never finished higher than fourth and never finished lower than eighth, with an average finish of fifth – or 66 points.
Their neighbours Arsenal, on the other hand, always finish either third or fourth – never once below Tottenham – with an average point’s total of 73 points.
In those six years, comparatively, although neither has won a trophy, Arsenal always outshone Tottenham. The result of which is Arsenal enjoying spirited evenings at the Allianz Arena or Camp Nou, with Spurs enduring tricky Moldovan matchups, or donning scarves and gloves for Norway’s Alfheim Stadion.
If you had listened to the Lilywhites support, last season was supposed to be Spurs' year. They were going to finally finish above Arsenal, perhaps even win the league – while a pre-Ozil Arsenal, having only signed two French freebies, would certainly not achieve Champions League football.
And their chat was infectious, with television pundits even jumping in on the act, damning Arsenal and championing an Andre Villas-Boas led Spurs.
And now, here we are. Another highly disappointing season from the whimsical champions-in-waiting, and another satisfactory season for the Gunners, with the added bonus of an FA Cup final to contend.