Norwich City sends a ‘no allegiance’ message to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur following Dean Smith’s text admission
Dean Smith has admitted that he and Norwich City have ‘no allegiance’ to either Arsenal or Tottenham, who are preparing to battle it out for fourth place in the Premier League on the last day.
The Canaries’ manager even acknowledged to receiving text messages from fans of both clubs requesting favours, but he has since reiterated that he is purely focused on delivering three points on Sunday.
Norwich City entertain Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road, while Arsenal welcome Everton at the Emirates.
Tottenham now leads its north London rivals by two points in the hunt for Champions League football, but with Smith’s team already relegated, few expect Spurs to falter.
Everton clinched their survival with a win over Crystal Palace on Thursday night.
Although this is virtually a ‘nothing’ game for the Toffees, Frank Lampard will be hoping to leave north London with something to build on for next season. Smith has stated unequivocally that Norwich feels the same way.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he said: “It’s our last home game of the season, last Premier League game of the season and I’ve said before that we’ll try and win the football game because we want to get points.”
When asked if there is more motivation because of Norwich’s ability to change things up at the top of the table, the former Aston Villa manager replied: “No, no extra motivation. I’ve had texts off Arsenal fans, I’ve had texts off Tottenham fans. I have no allegiance to either so no extra motivation at all.”
Mikel Arteta will be hoping that the Canaries may spring a surprise on the last day, but Arsenal must also be focused on winning three points.
The Gunners come into the game after two humiliating defeats to Spurs and Newcastle.
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Norwich City sends a ‘no allegiance’ message to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur following Dean Smith’s text admission.