Tottenham, who are expected to announce this week that they will definitely move to Wembley next season while their new stadium is completed, will finish above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years with victory over Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.
Mauricio Pochettino’s vibrant young side have grander ambitions, though, and first and foremost in their minds will be keeping alive their hopes of a first English league title since the club’s glory days in 1961.
“The possibility of finishing above Arsenal is not a motivation or a distraction,” Pochettino said after his side beat in-form
“We are just focusing on trying to beat Arsenal. What happens at the end of the season. We have five games ahead, a very exciting period, and an exciting weekend ahead.”
While Arsenal would dearly love to scupper Tottenham’s title bid, they too have more pressing concerns, namely trying to qualify for a 20th consecutive Champions League campaign.
Wenger’s sixth-placed side secured a late 1-0 win over
Like Pochettino, Wenger said bragging rights were secondary.
“We play for us. In life, you work for your own achievements, not for others,” Wenger said. “What is most important is that we go there, try to win the game and focus on our performance.”
Recent history suggests both sides might fall short of their ambitions on Sunday.
The last three north
Tottenham have won their last eight league matches though – a club record in the Premier League and their best sequence since 1960 – and have been unstoppable at the ground that will soon be bulldozed to make way for the 61 000-seater arena sprouting up around it.
They have also scored in their last 17 home league matches so Arsenal’s task is a formidable one, especially with central defender Laurent Koscielny doubtful after suffering a knee injury late on against
Tottenham will also monitor the fitness of Mousa Dembele, who was substituted at halftime at Palace with a sprained ankle.
Before Tottenham and Arsenal kick off,
“It will be hard for them on Sunday, and we won’t let them breathe or have any space on the pitch.”
At the bottom of the table, Sunderland will go down if they lose to Bournemouth and