Carragher makes claim about season finale that will excite Tottenham fans; Arsenal followers not so impressed
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Jamie Carragher has claimed Tottenham have had a better season than Arsenal even though Arsene Wenger’s team finished above their rivals in the Premier League table.
Spurs were thrashed 5-1 at Newcastle on the final day of the campaign, while Arsenal swept aside already relegated Aston Villa 4-0.
The results means that the Gunners climbed above Tottenham to secure second place in the table with 71 points, while their neighbours ended in third place with 70 points.
But Sky Sports pundit Carragher believes the final league positions do not tell the full story about the campaigns of the two clubs.
“Despite what the table says, Spurs have had a better season that Arsenal,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Super Sunday programme. “They were challenging for the title up until the final two games of the season while Arsenal’s title challenge was over in February.
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“For Spurs, there is a sour taste at the end of a very good season, we shouldn’t forget that.”
Tottenham were the only team challenging eventual winners Leicester in the final weeks of the season until they ended the campaign with draws against West Brom and Chelsea, followed by defeats against Southampton and Newcastle.
By contrast, Arsenal finished the season strongly to continue their record of finishing above Spurs in each of Wenger’s 20 seasons in charge.