Bukayo Saka sends Tottenham ‘motivation’ warning ahead of North London derby

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League – two points ahead of Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in fifth – with just four games left

Bukayo Saka’s Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka believes there is no greater motivation to qualify for the Champions League than Tottenham chasing them for the coveted spot.

The Gunners are on track to finish fourth in the Premier League, two points ahead of Tottenham in fifth en route to Sunday’s game against Leeds at the Emirates. The Spurs will also be in action this weekend, taking on Liverpool on Saturday evening at Anfield.

Most pundits back Arsenal to open a five-point lead over Tottenham. Leeds battled relegation, having been beaten 4-1 at home by the Gunners earlier this season, while Liverpool did not lose in the league in 2022, winning all but one of their games.

Still, it’s too early to say which team will finish fourth. Tottenham will host Arsenal on Thursday, knowing that a win gives them a strong chance of qualifying for the Champions League en route to the last two Premier League games of the season.

However, Saka is up for the challenge and has messaged Spurs. Asked if there is better motivation than Tottenham chasing them for fourth place, the England international told beIN Sports: “No, I don’t think there could be anything better.

“That’s actually a great question. I don’t think there could be anything that motivates us more. We’re motivated enough already, but of course we don’t want to lose it to them. So it gives us that extra boost, but we know we have to win all games.”

Bukayo Saka is confident Arsenal can qualify for next season’s Champions League


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After the North London derby, Arsenal travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle and host Everton in the Emirates – their last two games. Meanwhile, Tottenham welcomes Burnley and takes on the already degraded Norwich at Carrow Road.

Ahead of this weekend’s games, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara supported Antonio Conte’s side to cross the line. “I think the Spurs are going to get it,” he told talkSPORT.

“We have to get through Liverpool, which is a tough game and I’ll be surprised if we get any of that, but both Arsenal and Tottenham are where they are because they have inconsistent performances… Arsenal will slip.

“We’ve got the North London derby which will be the biggest derby of recent times and that’s a huge, huge game. I’m just looking forward to us, under the lights with the players we have and the front three who If we get up, I think we can hand them over, really.

“This is a young Arsenal side and it’s an honor for them, nobody expected them to be where they are now and it was a great performance against West Ham and they are a good young team. But I think the Spurs got just a little bit.” more experience than them and if the pressure is on we might find a way to make it happen.”

Arsenal legend Ray Parlor disagreed with O’Hara, replying: “It’s pretty funny that you think Arsenal will crumble, Spurs do it every year! They now call Spurs ‘rhubarb’ because they crumble so much!”

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