Norwich City manager Dean Smith has claimed his side are determined to ruin Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League dreams which in turn will leave the door open for Arsenal.
Due to their vastly superior goal difference, Spurs need only avoid defeat at Carrow Road to claim their first top four finish since 2019.
However, if Antonio Conte’s side slip against the Premier League’s bottom side, it would leave the door open for Arsenal. The Gunners will need to beat Everton at the Emirates Stadium to capitalize if Spurs falter.
Norwich have endured a miserable campaign, having already been confirmed as relegated for several weeks. They can still move up from the bottom position if they beat Tottenham and points drop 19th-placed Watford, which Smith says will motivate his side.
Referring to the extra £2m Norwich would get for finishing 19th instead of 20th, Smith told a press conference (as quoted by The mail):
“The two million could come in handy and that’s something hanging over us, and it would be nice to be party people.”
The chances of the Canaries doing Arsenal a favor look incredibly slim, as they have conceded a record 79 league goals, while failing to win their last six games.
Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal would only have to blame themselves if Tottenham finish in the top four
The Gunners had the chance to secure a Champions League spot as they faced their north London rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12. Arteta’s side fell apart that day, losing 3-0 and having Rob Holding sent off.
They followed that defeat with a 2-0 upset at Newcastle four days later, meaning Arsenal have lost six of their previous 11 encounters.
At a pre-match press conference ahead of the Everton clash, Arteta was asked if he felt they had squandered a top-four spot.
He replied (quoted by The Guardian):
“It will be safe because we were there, mathematically it was possible and it was in our hands.”
“That feeling could be there if it happened, and it will take time to go away, but it’s part of football. You can’t notice what happened a week or two ago, whether positive or negative, because it won’t impact anything.
Arteta was also asked about the current gap between his team and Manchester City leaders, to which he replied:
“The league doesn’t lie and you have to be very realistic in the way you want to recruit and the way you’re going to move forward, because that’s the level we’ve set for ourselves. We’ve lost a lot of games, we’ve lost four 10-man games, which these teams don’t do. So there is a lot to learn. »