A collective chuckle would have broken out among most Tottenham Hotspur fans after Arsene Wenger claimed that he has not given up hope of Arsenal finishing above their North London rivals this season.
As it stands, Spurs are on course to end the campaign in a higher Premier League position than their bitter enemies for the first time since 1995.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team sit second with five games left to play, and they even have a chance of becoming champions as the club are four points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Arsenal reside in sixth place, 14 points below Spurs, but even though they have a game in hand it seems unlikely that they will overtake their neighbours.
In fairness to Wenger, he stated in Friday’s press conference that the priority is to secure a Champions League spot, which is still possible given that they are five points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
The London Evening Standard quotes the Frenchman as saying:
“The priority for us is to finish in the top four, after that for the pride and the continuity of our achievements we want to fight to be in front of Spurs. But, first of all, we need to finish in the top four.”
As expected, Tottenham fans laughed off his claims.
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) April 28, 2017
@HotspurRelated And we still want to win the CL this season!
— Nikhil Agarwal (@nikhil_spurs) April 28, 2017
@HotspurRelated Maybe in the "Goals Conceded" table…
— Richard Chung (@_richardchung) April 28, 2017
@HotspurRelated obsessed as normal with Tottenham!
— Victor Fleming ♾ (@victorfleming16) April 28, 2017
@HotspurRelated We're after bigger things. Small club.
— Sam (@SamTrudgill) April 28, 2017
— LP (@thfcdeol) April 28, 2017
@HotspurRelated Weak mentality
— Jeremia Viktor (@Jeremia_ID) April 28, 2017
@HotspurRelated There is nothing better than a good reputation.????
— Spesh•???????????? (@spesh_886) April 28, 2017
@MirrorFootball Spurs talk about challenging for the title, Arsenal talk about finishing above Spurs. And they call Spurs the small club.
— Dan (@Danharkness) April 28, 2017