Hugo Lloris has warned Tottenham not to write rivals Arsenal out of the Premier League title race.
The Spurs goalkeeper is part of a side that have distanced themselves from the Gunners by six points, but Arsene Wenger’s men still have a game in hand.
It is widely being suggested that it is now a two-horse race between Leicester and Spurs, but Lloris believes it is foolish to rule out a late Arsenal surge given their experience.
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Arsenal are contenders
“We can talk a bit about Arsenal as well," the France international told Sky Sports News.
“In football, anything is possible so we just need to play games and enjoy it with our fans.”
It is not often that Spurs can enjoy lauding it over their north London compatriots, but Lloris is right to warn against complacency.
Under Harry Redknapp, Spurs had a seven-point lead over Wenger’s side but still finished behind them and missed out on the Champions League.
Understandably, Spurs players have been guarded when talking about the title. Five points behind Leicester, it will be a tremendous feat if the Lilywhites overtook them to reach the summit.
Leicester are now favourites by quite some margin with some bookmakers, and so for Spurs, finishing above Arsenal may only be a consolation prize.
Closing the gap
It would be a hugely significant one, nonetheless, if they can achieve that. ‘Closing the gap’ has been Spurs’ mission for years, and this season is the first in a long time that they appear to have silenced the old enemy.
However, Arsenal fans will be roaring once again if they are able to celebrate another ‘St Totteringham’s day’, their annual marking of the day they are confirmed as finishing above Spurs.
Lloris is right not to rule them out, as unlike Leicester and Spurs, Arsenal are at ease with the pressure of the top four.
Even if his side have not won the title in a decade, Wenger has fond memories of his time at the top of the Premier League tree.
The Gunners also boast the likes of Petr Cech, who has won the title numerous times with Chelsea.
Arsenal winning the league would now be the nightmare of every football romantic, but the title race is not over until it’s over.