If you ask Arsenal fans what they think of Tottenham Hotspur you will get a four letter response, but the Gunners will need to reconsider this approach given recent European results.
Spurs’ 3-0 win over Fiorentina is a big result not only for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, but also for English football as a whole.
The UEFA coefficient table, the ranking which decides how many teams a nation can enter into continental competition, currently has England ranked third with Italy close behind.
Tottenham’s win is positive as it means not only more points for the Premier League, but also limits the amount Serie A can pick up.
Fiorentina’s exit now means that Lazio and Juventus are the only Italian teams left in continental competition, while Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City are all flying the flag for England.
This solidifies the possibility of the Premier League being able to open up the near three point gap they have over their Italian counterparts in the UEFA coefficient rankings.
Therefore, teams finish fourth in the English top-flight would still enter the Champions League qualifier play-offs and this is why the Gunners should be celebrating Tottenham’s win.
Arsenal have finished fourth in six of the last eight seasons and seem to be making that position their own.
This campaign shows that Arsene Wenger’s men are looking to finish further up the table, but there is always a risk they could finish in their traditional position.
Furthermore, on the ocassions where they haven’t earned the last Champions League place, they have finished third and a better coefficient ranking has benefited them in this regard too.
In the Premier League, a third-place finish guarantees passage to the group stage of Europe’s most illustrious competition, but in Serie A it does not.
Thus, you can see that Tottenham’s result will have long-term positives for whoever finishes third or fourth and history shows that this is usually their north London rivals.