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Wilshere expects tough Villa challenge as he bids to beat Tottenham again


Jack Wilshere doesn’t want Tottenham to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years on his watch, and claims knowing Spurs had lost, motivated them against Man City on Sunday.

“We all knew the Spurs result and of course that motivates us,” Wilshere said. “We want to finish above them and show we are the best team in north London.

“We expect to win our home games so hopefully Newcastle can do us a favour.”

However Newcastle could be relegated come Sunday afternoon, if Sunderland beat Everton on Wednesday. Here’s to hoping that the relegation battle goes down to the wire, and Newcastle are still in the fight when they play Tottenham.

“Obviously, then you are checking your phone in the dressing room. When we saw it finished 2-1 it gave us a real lift.

“The main thing was not to lose so it was still in our hands. After going 1-0 down and then 2-1 down, overall you would take a draw.

“It is a tough place to come and we showed good character – that’s what we can take from the game.”

Although Arsenal will be widely expected to take the three points v Villa, and secure at least third place, Wilshere expects a tough test from Aston Villa and suggests the team don’t get complacent about the game against the already relegated side.

“We like to think we can win most of our home games. I don’t know what happened to Aston Villa this season, but I don’t expect them to come and just let us beat them.

“We said a few weeks back that we don’t want to get fourth, we don’t want to have to face a qualifier,” he said.

“We want to be straight in there and enjoy the season without having to play a big game beforehand.”

Moving straight into the group stages of the Champions League presents an advantage over having to play a qualifier before the season has even begun for sure, yet this will be far from enough to appease the disgruntled Arsenal fans.

Finishing above Tottenham will be the only redeemer for Arsenal at the moment, and hopefully there is a chance of St Totteringham’s Day this Sunday.