Wenger dis­misses Lon­don power shift

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LON­DON — Arsene Wenger is not in­ter­ested in com­par­ing his side’s be­low-par sea­son to that of arch-ri­vals Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, who are set to fin­ish above Ar­se­nal in the Premier League for the first time since 1995.

With the Gun­ners hav­ing dropped off the pace in re­cent weeks, Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side will fin­ish above Wenger’s charges with just one more win.

Wenger though has dis­missed talk of a shift in power in Lon­don as the two sides pre­pare to face each other in the north Lon­don derby on to­day.

“Let’s be hon­est, I an­swered that ques­tion of shift for 18 con­sec­u­tive years,” Wenger said in a press con­fer­ence on Fri­day morn­ing.

“You can­not say that the weight of one year has the weight of 20,” said the Ar­se­nal boss.

“I fo­cus on Ar­se­nal. What will hap­pen to Spurs is not for me to com­ment on that,” he added.

“I have to fo­cus on what we can do and how we can fin­ish the sea­son. We have an FA Cup to pre­pare, so we have to fo­cus on that.”

Wenger also in­sisted that fin­ish­ing among the top four was also the top of his pri­or­ity list.

“The pri­or­ity for us is to fin­ish in the top four. After that, for the pride and con­ti­nu­ity of our achieve­ments, yes, we want to fight to be in front of Spurs.”

The ac­tion gets un­der­way at 17:30. – Sport24

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