The war of words between Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny and now Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas feels like a tacit understanding that Chelsea may well have third place in the Premier League sown up.
If Spurs fail to win at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990 on Wednesday evening, it will likely be a straight battle for fourth between north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
After Arsenal’s 1-0 win at QPR on Saturday, Wojciech Szczesny told Arsenal TV that he expects the Gunners to finish in the top four as Spurs don’t have “enough quality.”
These comments were since removed from the Arsenal website but it didn’t stop two questions on Szczesny’s comments being asked in Andre Villas-Boas’ pre Chelsea press conference today.
AVB swiped back at the Arsenal keeper: “He is entitled to his opinion. It is absolutely fine. You don’t expect love from an Arsenal player to Tottenham player. If it touches a bit lack of respect, it is normal in a rivalry. I think it would have been a little more tolerable if it had come from a genuine Arsenal fan.”
Villas-Boas continued:”Coming from an Arsenal player, he is an Arsenal player who is probably only passing by to another club, or who is not going to stay there for life. In the end if he means exactly those words from the heart… he doesn’t, for sure. I wouldn’t say that an Arsenal fan (player) that has just arrived in that club for the last couple of years is entitled to so much hatred towards Tottenham like he seems to have.”
The AVB comments on Szczesny are below, full press conference video follows after.