Norwich loanee Kyle Naughton is on a mission to beat Arsenal in the Premier League
Kyle Naughton has an extra incentive to beat Arsenal tomorrow at the Emirates.
The 23-year-old knows just how vital a Norwich win would also prove to parent club Tottenham in the battle between the north London rivals for a guaranteed Champions League spot. The on loan full-back is well aware what it will take after a storming second half to the Premier League campaign from Arsene Wenger's men. The Frenchman was heavily criticised in certain quarters following early season struggles, but Naughton insists class is permanent.
'I've had a couple of messages on Twitter from some of Spurs fans saying, 'Get one over on the Arsenal' but we always just do everything we can every game to win,' he said. 'It doesn't matter who we're up against, so that's the aim for me as well. I don't think you can ever question Arsene Wenger. For me he is one of the best managers in the world.
'For what he's done, he brings youth players through and that's class for any club. I couldn't see him ever getting the sack. I think that's just a bit crazy. Some fans just want to win everything. He has turned it round and they're sitting third in the Premier League at the minute, probably deserved. I couldn't ever have seen him getting sacked.'
Naughton knows City's defence will have to nullify footballer-of-the-year Robin van Persie.
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'He has been amazing this year,' he said. 'If you look at some of the goals he has scored, single-handedly, he has scored so many good goals. I think it is fully deserved for what he's done.'
Naughton is determined to finish his Carrow Road spell with a flourish after proving a key performer in City's successful survival bid.
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'It's been massive for us – everyone is a bit relieved, but it's not quite job done,' he said. 'We've got two more games to concentrate on and it's not done until the end. But to say we're mathematically safe has been big for the club.
'Yes, it has gone good for me. There have been one or two games where I haven't done too well but I think in a lot of the games I have done what's asked. It's my first time in the Premier League and I hope I can carry on and play more games in the Premier League.
'The aim was for me to go out on loan and get Premier League experience and that's what I've done. I've done everything Tottenham asked me to do as well, so that was the main aim.'
Naughton is keeping on open mind on his future career prospects, but admits his extended spell in Norfolk has been an invaluable experience.
'I haven't really thought about anything yet,' he said. 'We've still got two games left to concentrate on and that's may main aim, to do as well as I can in the next two games if I get picked and I'll see what happens at the end of the season, speak to Tottenham and see where it goes from there. I've definitely enjoyed it. This club is massive. It should be in the Premier League and it's just good they've got another year in the Premier League.'