Arsenal are fighting to finish in the top four so as to play Champions League football next year as well, but there is another… fight going on, that against city rivals Tottenham, whom Arsene Wenger is used to seeing finish below his team in the Premier League.
The French manager talked to reporters ahead of this Sunday’s derby between the two teams, and was asked about a ‘power shift’ in north London.
Let’s be honest: I’ve answered that question about a ‘shift’ for 18 consecutive years. You can’t say that the merit of one year has the merit of 20
Wenger said, trying not to… insult Tottenham, without, at the same time, rising them to Arsenal’s level.
It’s certainly one of the few times where Spurs look favourite in people’s minds. It looks a bit like that but it doesn’t matter much to me
was the Arsenal manager’s rather diplomatic comment.
The priority for us is to finish in the top four. After that, for pride and for the continuity of our achievement, we want to fight to be above Spurs
he added, admitting that in the back of his mind, finishing above Tottenham in the table is an issue, but not an absolute priority.