Spurs Are 'Always In Our Shadow,' Says Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín

Arsenal's Héctor Bellerín couldn't resist the opportunity to take a swipe at rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

With Arsenal leading 1-0 against Newcastle United in yesterday's clash at the Emirates Stadium, the 24-year-old right-back was well aware of what a victory for the Gunners would mean in the race for top four.

Speaking at half-time, Bellerín took to the pitch and didn't hold back in taking a dig at Spurs.

"It's good to be above Tottenham as it stands. They're always in our shadow!" he said.

Well, well. Talk about spicing things up, eh?

The Spain international has been out of action and recently underwent surgery after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

When he touched on the subject of his ACL, the Gunners defender was in high spirits and suggested that his recovery was moving ahead as planned.

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Credit: PA

"I went out to Dubai with the lads as part of the next stage of my rehab," he added.

"I'm feeling better every day and I can't wait to be back."

It would look like Bellerín wasn't the only one poking fun at Spurs, mainly for how Mesut Özil also took the same opportunity during his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

"Our aim is to be in the top four, so of course we are happy to be in front of [Tottenham]," he said.

"You know [laughing]... there's always competition with them."

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Credit: PA

The Gunners picked up a 2-0 victory over Newcastle, with Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey opening the scoring in the first half and Alexandre Lacazette adding in his side's second to seal all three points for Arsenal.

Unai Emery's men have climbed up to third place and are two points clear of fourth-placed Spurs, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield.

Following on from the match, the Gunners boss said that he was happy with his side's performance and is well aware of how heated the race for top four has become.

"We played very consistent over 90 minutes. We didn't concede any chances. We created and dominated the match. We are happy," he told BBC's Match of the Day (via BBC Sport).

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Credit: PA

"Each match is very difficult -- we got three points and did it our way. It's a nice challenge to win consecutive matches -- it's a new history -- and we're creating our own way. We're in a good moment, but each match is a new test.

"I hope Ramsey's injury is not serious. The doctor is thinking it's a small injury.

"We are improving. Today we are third, but the next match against Everton is difficult and our rivals are going to win a lot of matches."

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Adnan Riaz

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