Forget Kane's winner, Tottenham's biggest victory over Arsenal could come this summer

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Beating Arsenal to Morgan Schneiderlin's signature this summer could be their biggest victory over the Gunners in years - and could redefine their rivalry.

It was classic Tottenham Hotspur back in February: Harry Kane sprinting towards the White Hart Lane faithful with uncontrollable delight after doing what every fan of the north London side dreams of: scoring the winner against Arsenal.

At the same time, it represented the very record all Tottenham supporters will hate - the fact that they constantly finish below their fierce rivals, even when leading lights like Kane and Gareth Bale net winners during 2-1 wins over the Gunners...

This summer, however, Tottenham have a very real chance to change the state of play (if recent transfer reports are to be believed).

Indeed, a host of media outlets have recently linked both Spurs and Arsenal with summer moves for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The Daily Mail have reported the Frenchman as an Arsenal target - and he has been considered a target for some months now.

More fresh, though, have been a flurry of reports linking Tottenham with the Southampton man, such as the London Evening Standard's suggestion that Spurs want to offer either Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli in part exchange for Schneiderlin.

Now this is battleground territory. And it may well prove vital next season.

Yes, how often do central midfielders of genuine quality come around? Not very - otherwise why would Arsenal struggle for years in that department until Francis Coquelin fulfilled his potential? And why would Tottenham have several central midfielders who can't get a game at the Lane - even when those keeping them out of the team are out form?

Schneiderlin is a top-class midfield man. And, if Arsenal want him, Tottenham can send a real message of intent by snapping him up instead.

It's been one of Spurs' biggest bugbears for years that they can't finish above their north London rivals. But signing Schneiderlin could well make changing that a reality. It wouldn't change the fact that Arsenal have a brilliant squad while Tottenham's needs huge work - but it'll give them a chance, not to mention a psychological edge.

Indeed, beat Arsenal to the 25-year-old's signature and you can forget all about Kane's winner. Maybe even Bale's all those years ago. This would be Tottenham's biggest victory over the Gunners in a long, long time.

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