BBC pundit says he hopes Tottenham kill Arsenal's title chances

Garth Crooks made his allegiances clear when talking about the upcoming North London derby.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks threw his neutrality to one side in his latest column, admitting he hopes Tottenham can kill off Arsenal's title hopes.

Spurs have a three point gap over the Gunners after the weekend's results, and Crooks is hoping his former side can pile the pain on Arsene Wenger's team.

The Gunners have lost their last two games, 2-0 at home to Barcelona and 3-2 away at an injury hit Manchester United.

Crooks believes a Spurs win at White Hart Lane will be the end for Arsenal's title hopes, but is he getting ahead of himself?

He told his BBC column after selecting Danny Rose in his team of the week: "If Spurs beat Arsenal next week it will almost certainly put the Gunners' title hopes to bed. Now wouldn't that be a shame!"

Firstly there is a round of big matches in midweek which could alter the momentum heading into the derby.

Tottenham visit in form West Ham on Wednesday, who would love to derail their title challenge. Arsenal meanwhile have a much more comfortable home fixture against relegation battlers Swansea City.

This would place the two teams back on level points, meaning that whoever wins the derby, would hold just a three point lead with nine games to go.

The match could mean even more if league leaders Leicester City drop points at home to West Brom on Tuesday night, and away at Watford at the weekend.

To discuss Arsenal's title challenge 'almost certainly' being over if they lose the derby may not be true even if Spurs beat them to open up a six point advantage at the weekend should midweek results go their way.

Tottenham have a far tougher fixture schedule in April than Arsenal do, who will get Santi Cazorla back from injury which will give them a timely boost.

The weekend's derby match is an important fixture but regardless of what happens and what those with Tottenham allegiances may wish, Arsenal will still have a chance of winning the title even if they lose the game, and will not be out of it altogether.

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