Careful, Arsene, I wouldn’t want you choke on those sour grapes…
On a serious note, Arsene Wenger has been speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) and he believes that although Tottenham Hotspur may finish above the Gunners this season it is only a “one-off” event and nothing to be worried about.
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With two games to go for both teams, Spurs currently sit in second place on 70 points while Arsenal sit in third on 67 points.
Wenger, 66, isn’t concerned with the thought that Spurs will rule north London for years to come if they finish above them this season.
“If they do that, you can at least say it is a one-off because in 20 years, it has happened once,” Wenger said. “But at the moment, it is not done.”
“Tottenham had a very good season. They didn’t manage to finish very strongly recently but overall, they had a very good season and they have a strong team. But our target is still, if possible, to get in front of them.”
Ever since Wenger has arrived at Arsenal they have finished above Spurs. That’s led to a tradition among the Arsenal fans to name the day each season where Spurs can no longer mathematically finish above them. Hence the invention of “St. Totteringham’s Day” which may not be celebrated by Arsenal fans this season.
Spurs could seal second-place and finishing above Arsenal this weekend as they host Southampton on Sunday (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
A win for Spurs, coupled with their superior goal difference, would all-but seal finishing above Arsenal but Wenger is focused on winning at injury-hit Man City who are also battling to finish in the top three.
“It is still an important game, even if Leicester are champions and we are second best,” Wenger said. “It is still a very important game because part of the responsibility of being a professional is to prepare the future, and the future of Arsenal Football Club depends on this game. Our target now is to secure a position in the Champions League next year and, if possible, to get in second place or at least secure third place. On Sunday, we can achieve that.”