'Weird' Arsenal theory slammed as pundit unleashes Tottenham rant ahead of Man City clash

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Troy Deeney has slammed any suggestion that Tottenham won't want to beat Manchester City -Credit:Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Former Watford striker Troy Deeney has explained why Tottenham Hotspur should want to help Arsenal win the Premier League title.

The Gunners are locked in a tight battle with Manchester City as they chase a first league title since 2004. Mikel Arteta's side will need to rely on a slip-up from City, though, if they want to lift the top-flight title.

Pep Guardiola's team have two games left of the campaign with Spurs to come next. The champions have never won at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League but did win on their last visit there in a 1-0 victory in the FA Cup earlier this year.

There has been some suggestion among fans that Spurs should not be fully intent on beating City in case it boosts Arsenal's title bid. But Deeney has slammed any talk that Spurs will take it easy against the Sky Blues.

"I know a few Tottenham fans who have told me they would love to see Ange Postecoglou put the kids out to face Manchester City on Tuesday night, so Arsenal can’t win the league," he told the Sun. "I have to be honest — it’s a f***ing weird take.

"You hate another team so much that you want City to win it, again? Not a chance. I’m getting to a point where, as a football fan, I want a different team to win the league. Not because City are terrible but it just gets boring.

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"We want to see the likes of City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and, hopefully, Spurs all pushing and competing until the final ebbs of the season.

"So, here we go: Tottenham should WANT to help Arsenal win the title by getting a result against City. It will give themselves and everyone else hope that they can win it one day.

"Arsenal are on the cusp of ending a 20-year stint without a league title. Who is to say someone else cannot do that next season with the right manager and right recruitment? But, currently, Spurs know they’ve mucked up a top-four spot. They won’t catch Aston Villa and they’ve hit a wall.

"They’re having a horrific end to the season. However, the players would never quit or give up during a game. I’m sure of it, regardless of the situation."