Paul Merson pledges to wear Tottenham shirt if they finish above Arsenal

Paul Merson is confident Arsenal will finish above Tottenham.

SkySports pundit Paul Merson has pledged to wear a Tottenham Hotspur shirt on air if the club finish above North London rivals Arsenal this season in the Premier League.

Merson used to play for Arsenal, as well as Aston Villa and Portsmouth and still retains his affection for the club.

Asked on the Sky Sports Fantasy Football Club Podcast if he would wear a Spurs shirt if they finish above the Gunners, he responded:

"Yes, 100 per cent. Not a problem at all."

He is either coming around to his new found admiration of Mauricio Pochettino's side, or he has total faith in Arsenal that they will do the business and finish ahead of their rivals.

At present there are five points between the two sides, with Arsenal in first place on 44 and Tottenham in fourth position with 39.

After this weekend if that gap is halved to two, which would need Spurs to win at Crystal Palace and Arsenal to lose at home to Chelsea, Merson may be feeling a bit more nervous - but there is plenty of football to be played between now and the end of the season.

If Tottenham do usurp their rivals however, this is a pledge fans will ensure Merson is not allowed to forget.

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