Ever since the year before Arsene Wenger took the reins at Arsenal, the Gunners have been in the ascendancy over their neighbours.
Spurs may have registered the occasional memorable north London derby victory, but the fact remains they have not finished above Arsenal since 1995 - and that, Dawson says, hurts.
Tottenham have let 11 and nine-point leads slip in the last two seasons to allow Arsenal to clinch Champions League football while the Gunners pipped Spurs to fourth in 2006 because of a dodgy lasagne that Martin Jol's squad ate on the eve of their crucial final-day draw at West Ham.
Dawson insists Tottenham's failure to overcome their rivals is not down to any psychological factor.
"I wouldn't say there is a mental block, definitely not," the Tottenham captain said.
"Arsenal are a top team. Last year it was unbelievable to miss out.
"It hurt. You have put the whole year in to it, and your pre-season too.
"It was the same the year before as well, and then we had the West Ham situation... but let's hope this year is our year."