Date: 29th April 2017 at 7:17am
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By Harry Sykes

Karren Brady has claimed in The Sun that it is imperative to Tottenham fans that Mauricio Pochettino ends 22 years of hurt.

That is the number of years that Arsenal have finished above their bitter rivals in the Premier League, most of which have coincided with Arsene Wenger’s spell as manager.

Spurs will guarantee them finish above Arsenal this season to end the run of St Totteringham Days stretching back more than two decades if they secure three points on Sunday.

The match has extra local significance as it will be the final north London derby at White Hart Lane, following Tottenham’s announcement on Friday evening that they will play all their home matches at Wembley next season while building work is completed on their new stadium.

Edmonton-born Brady, the outspoken vice-chairman of West Ham, explained the importance of bragging rights to Tottenham fans who have been in the shadows of Arsenal for so long.

“Pochettino hasn’t been around Seven Sisters Road long enough to realise what being cock of North London means to fans,” Brady wrote in her weekly Sun diary column on Friday of this week.

“I was born in the area so I know there is nothing Arsenal people enjoy quite like finishing ahead of Spurs in the league.

“Seems such a minor achievement to a manager from Argentina with eyes on the title and a place in the Champions League.

“But Spurs  have been second-best for 22 years. Overturning that run on Sunday would give their fans back a bit of mickey.”

There is little love lost between the hierarchies of Tottenham and West Ham, partly as a result of the east Londoners winning the race to rent the Olympic Stadium.

A bitter rivalry also exists between the supporters of the two clubs, although the north London out are comfortably in the ascendancy at the moment.

Spurs’ dream of a league and cup double is over following their 4-2 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea last Saturday.

But they have been given a real glimmer of hope in the title race following a remarkable run of eight consecutive Premier League wins.

Pochettino’s side are second in the league and just four points behind Chelsea with four matches of the campaign remaining.

In other Tottenham team news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.

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