Four times Spurs nearly finished ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League era

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It is very possible that one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory is set to have a rather familiar ending far as Arsenal and Spurs fans are concerned.

It was only a few short weeks ago that Spurs were serious contenders for the Premier League title, five points behind Leicester, with a gap of the same margin between themselves and their North London rivals.

In the space of two weeks Tottenham have seen their title bid collapse, and following a spell of no wins in the last three games, Spurs find themselves only two points ahead of Arsenal going into the last game of the season.

Despite Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton, Spurs are still favourites to end a 20-year hoodoo of not finishing above their rivals, needing a draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park to be near certain of finishing in second place.

In the build-up to the last day of the Premier League season, we have highlighted other times in recent memory that Spurs have come agonisingly close to finishing ahead of their North London rivals.

Lasagne gate – May 7, 2006

A depleted Spurs side, plagued by food poisoning lost to West Ham on the final day of the season, to surrender a one-point lead to Arsenal.

Success for both – May 9, 2010

Despite clinching Champions League football for the first time in their history, Spurs could not leapfrog Arsenal on the last day of the season, following a 4-2 defeat to relegated Burnley.

Mind the Gap – May 13, 2012

Spurs surrender a 10-point lead to allow Arsenal to end the season one-point ahead of them in the table.

Mind the Gap II – May 19, 2013

History repeats itself, as Andre Villa Boas’ side squander a seven-point lead to yet again finish the season one-point below their rivals.

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