Andy Gray delivers verdict on Tottenham mentality heading into Arsenal showdown
By Amir Mir
Andy Gray believes Tottenham will head into their showdown against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon “fearing nothing”.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will welcome their north London rivals to White Hart Lane in what is expected to be a mouthwatering contest.
Spurs recorded a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night when Christian Eriksen’s late strike earned them a much-needed three points.
Gray believes Tottenham would not have won that match last season as he also believes they have improved mentally this term.
Speaking on beIN Sport, the former Sky Sports pundit delivered his verdict on Spurs, their title chances, and their mindset.
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“Spurs cannot win the title, no,” Gray told Richard Keys as posted by a football YouTube channel. “I see Tottenham have grown since last year. I agree with Pochettino [that Spurs’ mentality has got better from last season].
“Mentally, they look stronger. I think Palace was a massive statement. Last year they would have drawn 0-0.
“Do something that tells me there is more to this Tottenham side than 12 months ago, and they did, [by scoring a] late goal. They wouldn’t have done that last year.
“I think they go into the game [against Arsenal] fearing nothing. Fearing no-one and happy to take the game to Arsenal.”
This time last season, Spurs were chasing eventual winners Leicester City for the Premier League title before they folded during the last few matches of the season.
They will be hoping to put that nightmare ending behind them as they are currently four points off leaders Chelsea in the table.
Antonio Conte’s team will play Everton early on Sunday afternoon and they could open up a seven-point lead on Spurs if they pick up a win at Goodison Park.
If that scenario were to occur then it would test Tottenham’s resolve as they aim to take the title race to the last day of the season.
The positive for Pochettino’s side heading into the Arsenal match is that they have not been beaten on home soil this term.
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