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Spurs Arsenal look forward to May 12 decider

Tottenham and Arsenal will go head to head in a pivotal North London derby on May 12, just 10 days before the final day of the season the Premier League has confirmed.

There are no matches for European clubs scheduled for that week, meaning the match will almost certainly be the main focus to serve to boost ratings.

As it stands, there seems every chance that the game will be crucial in deciding who will qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Tottenham overtook their arch-rivals in fourth thanks to Sunday’s 5-1 win over Newcastle, but Arsenal can overtake Spurs tonight with a win over Crystal Palace.

The match will also have an added advantage amid mounting tensions between the clubs after Arsenal were controversially given the green light to postpone the original January 16 date due to a Covid outbreak in their camp.

The decision infuriated Tottenham, who believed the Gunners had only one proven Covid case: Martin Odegaard.

That friction increased earlier this month after Spurs boss Antonio Conte became frustrated by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s complaint that his side was being treated poorly by the Premier League in terms of playing schedules.

‘I just want to remember’ [remind] arteta [about] the game we postponed – Tottenham v Arsenal, okay? Yeah, if we’re talking fair or unfair, okay, and I’ll stop,” Conte said.

‘If someone wants to talk about fair or unfair. We have postponed a Tottenham v Arsenal game, if you remember. I don’t forget this and I don’t think it’s right to talk about fair or unfair.’

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