Arsenal or Tottenham? Paul Merson on who will finish higher in the Premier League

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Dom Le Roy

Following Sunday’s North London derby debacle, Paul Merson has had his say on who he thinks will finish higher in the Premier League between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal may have gained the bragging rights at the Emirates last weekend, but their former midfielder thinks it will be Tottenham who will have the last laugh come the end of the season.

If Tottenham were to finish higher than their rivals, it would be for the third successive season in which they have done so.

Tottenham currently find themselves in fifth place in the league following the 4-2 defeat, while Arsenal are fourth with only goal difference separating them.

It looked so different going into the half time break during the derby when Pochettino’s side led 2-1 after Eric Dier and Harry Kane had both scored, but the Spurs boss certainly opened himself up to some rare criticism from some Spurs fans for his tactical decisions in the second half.

Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate podcast: “No, no [Spurs shouldn’t start worrying] it’s one game!

“They play Southampton at home on Wednesday, Arsenal go to Man United. I expect Arsenal to win, but if they drew that game I wouldn’t be shocked and Tottenham win they’re two points above Arsenal again.

“This is a good Tottenham team, Arsenal played well on the day and won the game.

“I’d be worried if I was a Tottenham fan because I think those players get on the coach and go home and start thinking ‘am I going to win anything here, deep down, am I going to win anything?’

“We talked about it the other day, these are wealthy people at the end of their careers, but you want to be wealthy and win thing.

“The worrying thing now for Tottenham fans is will these players start questioning the club and where are we going and am I going to win something.

“If you ask me now who’s going to finish above who, Arsenal or Tottenham I’d still have to go Tottenham.”

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