Spurs Beats Arsenal to Top Four Spot, May Create Gap in EPL


Tottenham and Arsenal both finished the season with a flourish, scoring five goals apiece in wins over Norwich City and Everton, but what really mattered were the two games before that. When the pressure was on, Arsenal went to Spurs and lost and then compounded that defeat by losing at Newcastle, while Spurs, who was four points behind with three games remaining, capitalized by beating Burnley. Champions League qualification was in Arsenal’s hands and it blew it.

That will have consequences. Arsenal and Tottenham are both thought to be interested in signing Gabriel Jesus, who is likely to leave Manchester City this summer. Being able to offer Champions League football gives Tottenham a clear edge. Harry Kane’s dalliance with City was unlikely to be rekindled after City signed Erling Haaland, but there is less reason now for him to seek a move away. And while the majority of Arsenal’s stars are young enough that they can afford to be patient, Bukayo Saka or Emile Smith Rowe are just that bit likelier now to be tempted by an offer from a club that is playing in the premier European competition.



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