Tottenham Hotspur holds all the pride of Arsenal this season, as they have done in recent years, with the Lilywhites looking once again to finish over the North London rivals.
Not only that, Mauricio Pochettino's team is still looking for the glory of the Premier League and is preparing for an astonishing clash in the Champions League with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal, meanwhile, has a less illustrious clash on his calendar as they prepare for a double header in the Europa League with BATE Borisov – with the Gunners playing on Thursday for the second year in a row.
This will surely give Spurs fans lots of things to smile and van der Vaart has ventured into the mix with Arsenal's non-artificial jerk on social media.
Van der Vaart was a fan favorite at White Hart Lane for two years with the club, scoring 28 goals in 77 appearances, including a pair of major strikes by the North London Derby.
And on social media today, he scored another impressive winner with Tottenham fans.
Responding to the birthday messages received, van der Vaart thanked the fans for their support and shared one of his favorite goals of his career – which came against, you guessed, Arsenal.
Van der Vaart also highlighted the return of the Champions League this week, cutting former Ajax clubs, Real Madrid and Tottenham, before signing saying, "asking who will play Thursday?"
There were a lot of Tottenham fans answering the van der Vaart tweet. One called him a "hero", with another saying "I love you Rafa".
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