After seeing any lingering title hopes surely extinguished by successive defeats.
Third-place Tottenham have no time to lick their wounds as they host Arsenal in the latest installment of the north London derby at Wembley on Saturday.
Following a shock result at Burnley, Spurs were totally insipid against another capital rival in Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Failing to register a shot on target for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino as they slumped to a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham may now be casting nervous glances downwards with 10 matches remaining as they look to avoid being permanently dragged into the busy race for a top-four finish.
With resurgent Manchester United only five points behind in fifth and fourth-place Arsenal just four points adrift.
The Gunners maintained their slender advantage over United by thrashing travel-sick Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium and will look to complete a satisfying double over their fiercest rivals.
The disparity between their home and away records has been hard to explain but they will travel in the hope of exploiting a sudden wobble from their rivals.
Team News of Tottenham vs Arsenal
Pochettino remains unsure exactly when Dele Alli will return from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since January,
while Eric Dier – who had surgery to remove his appendix in December – has been suffering from tonsillitis.
Jan Vertonghen missed the defeat to Chelsea with a hip problem, though his manager expressed hope that the issue was not serious.
Tottenham pair Jan Vertonghen and Harry Winks are nursing hip injuries and will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s North London derby.
The injured Dele Alli and ill Eric Dier remain unavailable.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery expects Laurent Koscielny to recover in time from the knee injury he suffered late on against Bournemouth.
Stephan Lichtsteiner returns from a back problem, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is available after illness.
Harry Kane – only recently back from an ankle ligament injury – has been told he will face no further action after appearing to headbutt Cesar Azpilicueta on Wednesday evening.
Unai Emery hopes that Laurent Koscielny will be fit to play at the weekend after picking up a knock during the closing stages against Bournemouth.
Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding are all long-term absentees.
Tottenham XI [3-4-1-2]: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Winks, Sissoko, Rose; Eriksen; Son, Kane
Arsenal XI [3-4-2-1]: Leno; Sokratis, Koscielny, Mustafi; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang; Lacazette
Score prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting from 11:45am.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
You can also follow all the action with NewGersy Sport’s LIVE blog.
These two teams have met on 53 occasions in the Premier League, with Arsenal leading 20-12 in terms of victories with no shortage (21) of draws.
Emery’s first north London derby experience ended with an emphatic 4-2 triumph at the Emirates Stadium in early December