Ian Wright makes ‘Spursy’ prediction ahead of Tottenham vs Man City | Football

Ian Wright is hoping Tottenham can do Arsenal a favour against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright is confident Tottenham will be going all out for victory against Manchester City tonight, even if a win would hand Arsenal the chance to win the Premier League title.

Last night’s thrilling 3-3 draw between Liverpool and Aston Villa means Spurs still retain a chance of clinching fourth place and Champions League qualification.

Only victory will do against City, however, who have been in typically relentless form over the course of the run-in with last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of Fulham representing their seventh straight win.

Many Tottenham fans would rather sacrifice a return to Europe’s elite club competition next season, if it meant denying their north London rivals the major silverware they crave.

Arsenal legend Wright, however, is adamant the likes of James Maddison and Son Heung-min won’t be distracted by the narrative surrounding the game and will laser focused on ending their season on a high.

‘It would be the Spursiest, the most unbelievably Spursy thing for them to beat Man City by accident,’ Wright told Premier League Productions. ‘It would be the greatest outcome for me (for Spurs to win and miss out on the Champions League.’

He added: ‘You have to hope. There is something in it for Spurs. It’s been up and down for them with so many injuries to key players.

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‘For them to find themselves at this stage of the season and still being able to qualify for top four with a new manager who lost Harry Kane at the start of the season.

‘They started very well, dipped through the middle and they could finish on an unbelievable high if they can get into the Champions League.

‘There is something there for Spurs and as a professional that’s what they’ll be looking at and what Ange will be looking at.

‘The fans are saying things ‘I’d hate for Arsenal to do it’ but they players aren’t thinking like that, that’s not what’s bothering them.’

Totttenham players James Maddison and Micky van de Ven tonight

Arsenal fans will be cheering on the likes of James Maddison and Micky van de Ven tonight (Picture: Getty)

Wright and his fellow Arsenal supporters will no doubt have been encouraged by the pre-match declaration of intent issued by Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou who insisted he was not interested in local bragging rights.

‘I suppose in these last 15 years, there have been years where Tottenham have had bragging rights,’ Postecoglou reflected with reference to Spurs’ last trophy in 2008.

‘Walk through the halls, mate, there’s no bragging rights there. There’s none. The pictures on the wall do not show players with a big sign saying ‘We’ve got bragging rights’. They’ve just got pictures of Bill Nicholson and people who have actually achieved.

‘That’s where I want to get us. The funny thing is, if you win trophies, you tend to have bragging rights as well. I just want to make sure we stay clearly disciplined and focused. It would be easy for me to say that getting one over your rivals is most important.

‘You could do that and not win anything and I would feel great about myself and maybe the fans feel good about me. But we can’t be successful if that’s our goal.

‘Success to me is winning trophies and, until we do that, we have just got to make sure we stay laser-focused on what we want to achieve.’


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