Mesut Ozil makes shock Tottenham promise as Arsenal wait on Man City title outcome

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal reacts

Mesut Ozil has revealed he will be supporting Arsenal's rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their crucial fixture against Manchester City - and has made a promise to Spurs if they end up gifting the Premier League title to the Gunners.

Arsenal are holding out for a huge favour from their North London rivals to keep their Premier League title hopes on track. The Gunners sit on 86 points after 37 games played, while City are on 85 points having played a game less.

A win for City would send them two points ahead of Arsenal heading into the final day of the season. It would place Pep Guardiola's men in full control of their destiny against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, while the Gunners host Everton in their final match.

A draw between Spurs and City would leave the latter and Arsenal level on points. The Gunners also boast a superior goal difference (+61) to City (+58), which would leave both sides facing a final-day shootout.

With City and Arsenal heavy favourites to win their final games of the campaign at home, Arsenal are in need of Spurs denying City a win to have real hope of lifting the title. The scenario leaves Gunners fans in the strange position of wanting their closest rivals to perform well in a match.

Among those who will be cheering on Ange Postecoglou's men this evening will be former Gunner Ozil, who wrote the following post on X (formerly Twitter): "First time ever tonight: COME ON YOU SPURSSS!! If Tottenham don't lose this game I will never make fun of them again... I promise."

A selection of Spurs fans are also hoping their side fail to win to deal Arsenal a title setback, though Postecoglou admitted on Monday he cannot understand that mindset.

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"People are allowed to feel the way they do," he said. "I don’t understand it, I never will.

"I understand rivalry. I was part of one of the biggest ones in the world in the last couple of years with Celtic and Rangers but I’ve never, and will never, understand if someone wants their own team to lose.

"That’s not what sport is about. But I think I’ve been consistent and really strong in my beliefs that it’s important for this football club not to look for magic bullets to get to where we want to.

"It’s hard work, it’s resilience, it’s quality, not to fall for any false dawns – and know what real success looks like: trophies. Anything else in between, bragging rights, whatever it is, is absolutely meaning­less to me or anyone involved with me. We’ve got a game we want to win."