Tottenham Hotspur’s Psychological Block

So, I got in from work last night at about 9.00 and switched on the television to watch some of the League Cup semi-final. Spurs were winning 1-0 and were completely outplaying Arsenal in every area of the pitch. “Aha”, I thought to myself, “I know exactly how this is going to finish up”, and so it came to pass. I watched about twenty minutes of it, and wandered off to potter about, doing other things, and when I checked back for the full time score, there it was, as predictable as the changing seasons: Arsenal 1-1 Spurs. Spurs had missed a mountain of chances, and then Theo Walcott had fluked an equalizer in off the outside of his ankle. So, it’s all back to White Hart Lane for the second leg in a fortnight, and then the pressure will really be on. The last time that Tottenham beat Arsenal was 1999, and the psychological block that Spurs now have is one of the biggest in English football. One gets the feeling that Arsene Wenger could dress eleven penguins in Arsenal shirts and put them out onto the pitch against Spurs, and the penguins would still nick it in extra time. This has become something of an obsession for Spurs fans. Draws against their biggest rivals are already celebrated as if they are wins, and one suspects that Spurs...

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