Arsenal’s Tottenham misery as rivals end 29-year run to earn new bragging rights

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Tottenham are set to claim the north London bragging rights as they prepare to end a 29-year run by overtaking Arsenal in the UEFA coefficient rankings. The Gunners have suffered a shocking fall from grace in recent seasons.

Spurs are set to begin their European campaign this week as they travel to France to face Rennes on Thursday night.

After qualifying for the inaugural Europa Conference League by defeating Pacos Ferreira in a two-legged qualifier, Spurs are set to move on to 80.5 points in the UEFA rankings.

Arsenal currently have 80 points and cannot add to those this season after failing to qualify for Europe for the first time this century.

The Gunners have started the season with a dismal run of form as they lost their opening three games before whimpering to a 1-0 home win over Norwich City at the weekend.

Spurs, meanwhile, found themselves at the top of the Premier League table before the international break after winning their first three matches.

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They did, however, drop down to sixth after being humbled by Crystal Palace on Saturday.

While domestic results don’t count towards UEFA rankings, those early-season results illustrate which north London club appears to be dominating the rivalry.

The UEFA rankings are calculated using European results from the last five years.

Arsenal currently sit 12th with Spurs one place behind them. But that will change when the rankings are updated after this season’s European competitions get underway.

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It will be the first time Tottenham find themselves above Arsenal in the rankings since the 1991/92 campaign.

This season Spurs will be given two points for every Europa Conference League win they racked up and one point for every draw.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men face Vitesse and Slovenian top-flight side NS Mura in Group G of the competition and have been installed as early favourites to lift the trophy.

Bayern Munich currently find themselves at the top of the UEFA rankings, with Manchester City and Liverpool in second and third place respectively.

Barcelona are fourth, while Chelsea are fifth after claiming their second ever Champions League title last season.

Despite Tottenham’s surprise defeat at the weekend, boss Nuno believes his squad is well placed to enjoy a successful season.

“I believe that we have a good squad and enough quality and talent to overcome all the situations,” he said after Saturday’s game.

“The players have to be ready to step in and perform – and perform better.

“And it’s my job to find the higher levels of performance that I believe our squad has.”

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