Belfast Telegraph

Gunners can down Spurs - Wright

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes his former club's mental edge will see them end the season above north London rivals Tottenham.

The Gunners moved closer to their old foes on Monday night, with Thomas Vermaelen's strike five minutes into injury time earning a dramatic 2-1 win over Newcastle. The victory means the 10-point gap that once separated Arsenal and Spurs has been reduced to one.

Wright has been impressed by Arsene Wenger's side's spirit of late and - speaking at an Absolute Radio event for the Prince's Trust - said: "This is where their squad's going to be tested and this is what I say to the Tottenham fans. You just have to wait and watch them get reeled in because even Man City, with the money they've spent and everything, are getting reeled in."

He added: "Tottenham are having a great season, but the fact is they don't know how it is to finish it off at this stage, which is the problem they're going to have now.

"They lost against Everton, they got murdered against Arsenal and lost to Man United. When you pull that many points back, it gives Arsenal more than a good chance of finishing above Tottenham.

"Arsenal know how to finish the season and stay in that top four, while Spurs are still finding out what it is like to be in there, stay in there and the pressure of having to win games.

"I think Arsenal know that and it has just been good to stay close enough to get the points where they can and now we're one point behind and right amongst them. I think we can finish third, no problem."

Some respected figures have suggested talk linking Spurs manager Harry Redknapp with a move to England has derailed his club, leading Wright to question why the Tottenham boss would want the post.

"Harry's got a lot of the journalists where he wants them so he's kind of sweet with everybody," he said. "But if England don't play well in respect of the tactics and that, they'll turn on Harry just like they'll turn on anyone.

"It's a nightmare job and, of course, it's meant to be the job you aspire to as a manager."


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