Ray Parlour, an Arsenal legend, has taken a cheeky jab at Tottenham Hotspur after Jamie O’Hara stated that his previous club will finish above the Gunners in the top four race.
With a 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, Mikel Arteta’s side improved their position in the Champions League battle. The Hammers were defeated thanks to goals from Rob Holding and Gabriel Magalhaes, as they can no longer mathematically finish in the top four.
Spurs had just won 3-1 over Leicester City earlier in the day, thus Arsenal needed to win all three points. As a result, they are still in fourth place, two points clear of their North London rivals and only three points behind Chelsea, who have been brought back into the race following a terrible performance against relegation-threatened Everton.
With four games remaining, including the crucial North London Derby on May 12, O’Hara believes Spurs’ experience will help them defeat Arsenal and qualify for the Champions League. “I believe Arsenal will make a mistake,” he remarked on talkSPORT.
“I believe they have some difficult games ahead of them. I believe we have one more difficult game [against Liverpool] before the North London Derby. That’s like a cup final where anything can happen, but you have to back Spurs. Surely you have to back Spurs at home against Arsenal under the lights.”
However, Parlour reacted in a way that Arsenal fans will appreciate, mocking Tottenham for a recent habit of stumbling in key situations. “It’s funny you say Arsenal would disintegrate since Spurs do it every year,” he said, laughing. “Spurs are now known as rhubarb since they crumble so much!”
It’ll be intriguing to watch what happens in the next games, but Arsenal has worked hard to get this far, and they’ll be motivated to cross the finish line and secure Champions League football for the first time since the 2016/17 season.