In all his time at Arsenal, Arsène Wenger has never finished below north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and he doesn’t want that to change.

Spurs are three points clear of the Gunners with two Premier League fixtures remaining and need just one win to secure second place.

With fixtures against Southampton and Newcastle United coming up you’d expect Mauricio Pochettino’s men to do it but Arsenal will be ready to pounce should they slip up.

“It’s not over, let’s see what happens,” Wenger said on Friday morning. “Tottenham had a good season, they didn’t manage to finish very strongly recently but overall they had a good season and they have a strong team. Our target is still, if possible, to get in front of them.”

Two wins would give Arsenal a fighting chance of finishing above Spurs, who haven’t been the number one team in north London over a whole season since 1995 when the Gunners came 12th in the Premier League.

The talk of a power shift is inevitable but Arsène Wenger thinks such talk is premature and he has a point.

“You can say it’s a one-off because in 20 years it’s happened once. At the moment it’s not done.”

There would have to be a big response from Arsenal next season but, for now, there’s not really any disputing that it would be a one-off to see Tottenham finish above us.

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