A hundred years ago, Arsenal moved to North London and built Highbury minutes away from Tottenham's stadium, White Hart Lane. For a hundred years the two have fought, the pendulum swinging one way, and then the next, decade to decade. And then the 1990s happened, and then the 2000s, and after nearly a hundred years, North London turned emphatically, and some think, irrevocably red. Finally, after nearly a hundred years, Spurs were relegated to playing catch up with an opponent that had already won the race.
But recently, things have changed. Since 2006, Arsenal and Spurs have been more or less attached at the hip. Instead of fighting for trophies, the Gunners regressed and turned to fighting for fourth-place finishes, while Spurs inched ever closer to their local rivals. Arsenal, on the surface at least, had gotten weaker, as Tottenham had grown stronger. Last year, the Gunners went on a legendary run to finish the 2012-13 season a point above Spurs, winning fourth place and a Champions League berth. But finally, after forever, it seems, the two sides were regarded as equals. This summer, Tottenham sold their soul to Los Blancos for about £86 million, seven players, and the chance to, after forever, it seems, once again turn North London white.