Tottenham stars' thoughts on helping Arsenal clear ahead of crunch Man City clash

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Tottenham stars make feelings clear on helping Arsenal win the Premier League -Credit:Getty Images

Two Tottenham stars have made it clear that they are not interested in helping Arsenal win the Premier League. The Spurs squad is solely focused on their own season, with no regard for the impact their match against Manchester City has on their north London rivals.

After a 1-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Gunners currently lead the English top flight by just one point. Pep Guardiola's side has an extra game to play, which will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night.

A win would put the current champions, who are vying for a historic fourth consecutive title, two points ahead and in control going into the final day when they face West Ham at the Etihad. Arsenal, who are chasing their first title since 2004, will conclude their season on Sunday at home against Everton.

They will be anxiously hoping for a favour from their north London rivals, Spurs, who have won all four of their Premier League home matches against City since moving into their new stadium. City did manage to defeat Tottenham at this venue in the FA Cup in January, but they were held to a 3-3 draw in the reverse league fixture at the Etihad Stadium.

Dejan Kulusevski and James Maddison are solely concentrated on Tottenham's quest for a top-four finish, putting aside any implications their results may have on rival clubs. They're hoping for an Aston Villa slip-up against Liverpool to keep their Champions League dreams intact.

After Spurs' victory over Burnley, Arsenal fans were incensed by the timing of Tottenham's lap of honour, which came before their clash with Manchester City. Kulusevski acknowledged the oddity, stating: "It was a strange feeling but it was for the kids today because it was an afternoon game but the season is not over, absolutely not."

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When questioned if Spurs fans had suggested the team lose to City deliberately to thwart Arsenal's title hopes, Kulusevski expressed his enthusiasm for such high-stakes matches: "It's a team we love playing against.

"We love playing against the strongest teams. So it's going to be a nice evening. The fact they leave spaces behind the backline is one thing, but there are many different things when you play against the best."

Maddison, reflecting on the crucial 2-1 win over Burnley, emphasised the need for a strong finish. He said: "We needed a reaction after four losses. It is something a club like Tottenham should never have, four losses in a row. We had to put it right. Now we need to finish the season strongly.

"Of course we will be giving everything on Tuesday. We are professionals. The only way we can qualify for the Champions League is if we win all our games, so (helping Arsenal) that's one for the fans to talk about, not us players."

Ange Postecoglou insists his side will be going out to win – even though three points for the hosts would hand Arsenal a massive chance to win the league. The Australian said: "I think we've got what it takes to make a game of it and play our football and see where that takes us.

"They're an outstanding team and they and Arsenal are the benchmark of the competition right now. They're 20-odd points ahead of us and we've got some ground to makeup, but it's at our place, it's 95 minutes of football and we're going to have a crack."