Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere explains his side's ambition to finish above Tottenham

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Arsenal closed the gap on Tottenham Hotspur to two points after drawing 2-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has explained to the London Evening Standard how he and his Gunners teammates want to prove they are the best team in North London and finish above arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Manchester City yesterday, and Wilshere explained how his team knew the Spurs result before they kicked off against City.

“We all knew the Spurs result before the City game and of course that motivates us,2 he said. "We want to finish above them and show we are the best team in north London."

Wilshere's words, however, seem to conflict with how the Gunners performed in the last 15-20 minutes of the game at the Etihad yesterday.

They were clearly quite happy to preserve their point, rather than go for all three. They were not committing many players forward in support of Olivier Giroud, and Wenger's decision to bring on Francis Coquelin rather than a more attack-minded player gave an insight into his thinking regarding whether or not a draw would be a good result.

Now, for Arsenal to finish above Spurs, they will firstly need to beat Aston Villa, and then hope that their rivals lose at Newcastle United.

If they had showed more ambition and obtained all three points against City, a victory over Villa and anything other than a Tottenham win on the final day of the season would have been enough to ensure the Gunners finish second in the table.

The 24-year-old England international went on to claim that a draw was a good result, especially after being on the back foot for such large periods of the game.

“It is a tough place to come and we showed good character – that’s what we can take from the game," he said. "There was a time in the second half when we couldn’t really get out of our half and they then went 2-1 up."

The last time Tottenham finished above Arsenal in the league table was in 1995, so the Gunners will be desperate for Newcastle to do them a favour on the final day of the season, and enable them to continue their fine record of finishing above their fierce rivals.

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