By Amir Mir
Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has stated that he hopes Tottenham finish above Arsenal at the end of the season.
The 25-year-old helped Sam Allardyce’s side humiliate their north London rivals on Monday night when they beat the Gunners 3-0 at Selhurst Park.
Townsend opened the scoring for the home team on 17 minutes from inside the penalty area following Wilfred Zaha’s awkward cross.
Yohan Cabaye’s curling effort and Luka Milivojevic penalty in the second-half ensured that relegation-threatened Palace piled more misery on Arsene Wenger’s side.
Just like last season, Spurs have a huge opportunity to finish about their neighbours for the first time since 1996 and Townsend backed them to do so.
“I hope so,” said Townsend, as quoted by the London Evening Standard. “It looked that way last season and then for some reason it did not happen.”
At this moment in time, Spurs are second in the table on 68 points from their 31 matches, 14 points ahead of the Gunners, who have a game in hand.
The duo are set to meet at the end of this month in what is expected to be a highly charged north London derby.
During his time at White Hart Lane, Townsend played 93 games in all competitions for his boyhood club, scoring 11 goals and supplying 15 assists.
He struggled for consistency and first team football in his last few seasons as he moved to Newcastle during the January 2016 transfer window.
Following the Magpies’ relegation during that campaign, he moved back to London and joined Palace as he is hoping to help them secure survival this term.