The Gunners’ 4-1 success over the Latics on Tuesday means Spurs’ north London rivals are one point ahead going into the final weekend of the season and in the driving seat to secure a Champions League place for next term.
Spurs must now hope Arsene Wenger’s men slip up at Newcastle on Sunday on the final weekend and they profit with a win over Sunderland at home.
The odds are stacked against Andre Villas-Boas’ side, but defender Vertonghen is still hopeful.
“All we can do is win our games and it’s important for us to keep believing,” he told the club’s website.
“We would have to do that anyway on Sunday, so let’s hope we can.”
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