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Laura Woods aims dig at Tottenham during James Maddison interview

Ryan Smart

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Laura Woods aims dig at Tottenham during James Maddison interview

Arsenal fan Laura Woods aimed a dig at Tottenham during an interview with Spurs star James Maddison.

Woods recently became the lead TNT Sports presenter for Champions League coverage, and was conducting the interview for the broadcaster alongside Ally McCoist.

Maddison signed for Tottenham at the beginning of the transfer window from Leicester, and has already settled into life at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

He produced an impressive display in the 2-0 win over Manchester United last weekend, and assisted Cristian Romero's header during the 2-2 draw against Brentford in the previous week.


Maddison was a long-term target for Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy, who acted decisively to bring him in upon Leicester's relegation.


So while the discussion between Woods and the attacking midfielder was primarily on his exploits for Ange Postecoglou's side, Woods did manage to drop in an Arsenal reference - aiming a light-hearted dig at Maddison's current club in the process.

Laura Woods aims dig at Tottenham in James Maddison interview


While Spurs have pursued Maddison for several years, Arsenal have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old throughout Mikel Arteta's tenure.

According to, Arteta was an admirer of the midfielder in the summer of 2022, but the Gunners were not willing to match Leicester's £60 million asking price. They subsequently signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

In the interview, Woods could not help but reference Arsenal's past interest.

She began: "Ally and me share a real joy of watching you play football. It's not just football - obviously we love your interviews and your personality in general.


"The question is - why Spurs?" She then exclaimed: "Why do you choose Spurs?"

Maddison replied: "It didn't take long that, did it? Arsenal fan, Laura, in case you didn't know."

The trio then shared a laugh at Woods' comment, with the presenter adding: "Congratulations - I'm only jealous because I wanted you to come to Arsenal."

You can see the full clip below.


Maddison and Spurs are next in action on TNT Sports this weekend, when they host Bournemouth in the early kick-off slot on Saturday.

But Maddison is a doubt for the clash, having been seen wearing a protective boot after the United win. The Athletic reported that he was sent for a scan earlier this week on a suspected foot injury.

Featured Image Credit: TNT Sports

Topics: Laura Woods, Tottenham Hotspur, James Maddison, Premier League, Arsenal

Ryan Smart
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