Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Premier League title bid bigger than Arsenal rivalry


Spurs' run of eight Premier League wins means they come into this match just four points behind leaders Chelsea, with five games to play.

They last lost against the Blues in the FA Cup semi-finals but bounced back with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

Arsenal, meanwhile, come into this game in sixth place but on the back of two league wins that has reignited their fight for a Champions League place, leaving them five points behind fourth-placed Manchester City but with a game in hand.

After a woeful run of form, Arsene Wenger changed to three at the back and Arsenal defeated Middlesbrough and Leicester in the league, while seeing off Manchester City in extra-time in the FA Cup.

Ahead of Sunday's titanic encounter, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said he isn't interested in where his side finish in relation to Arsenal, stating his only desire is to lift the Premier League title.

He said: "I completely understand [the rivalry], but I'm so honest and my feeling is now that when you're so close to Chelsea, the gap only four points with five games to play, I'll be very disappointed if we don't win the title.

"I repeat: My challenge is not to be above Arsenal. My challenge is to be above 19 teams and to be the first, on top. That is my challenge, my aim, my dream. I don't care what happens with Arsenal. With all my respect, I care about what happens with us. I try to win every game and be the best. That is our big, big challenge."

Meanwhile, Gunners boss Wenger said: "I expect an open match, a committed match, a match with high pace. There could be goals because both teams play positive football, try to go forward and play in an offensive way. Normally that finishes with goals if you look at the quality of players on both sides.

"The priority for us is to finish in the top four. After that, for the pride and the continuity or our achievements, yes we want to fight to be in front of Spurs. We have to focus on what is really important to us at this moment, which is to finish in the top four."

In team news, Spurs must do without Moussa Dembele [ankle] as well as Michel Vorm [knee], while Harry Winks [ankle], Danny Rose [knee] and Erik Lamela [hip] remain long-term injury absentees.

Arsenal will hand a late fitness test to Laurent Koscielny [knee], but Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) and Santi Cazorla [plantaris] are out.