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“Our only hope” – Arsenal fans beg Norwich owner Delia Smith to cook a ‘dodgy lasagne’ when Spurs play Norwich on Sunday. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Arsenal fans celebrate after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on May 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal supporters are pinning their hopes on Norwich City owner Delia Smith cooking a ‘dodgy lasagne” ahead of Sunday’s match against Tottenham.

Spurs only need a point to finish in the top four after Arsenal’s loss to Newcastle on Monday cost them the chance to move ahead of their rivals.

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Arsenal fans are hoping Norwich cook dodgy lasagne for Tottenham on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Arsenal must beat Everton on Sunday and hope Norwich, who have already been relegated, defeat Tottenham.

Given how unlikely that outcome is, some fans have joked that Delia should prepare a lasagne for her visitors.

They’re referring to the famous Lasagne-gate match at the end of the 2005-06 season, when Spurs only needed to match Arsenal’s result to qualify for the Champions League.

‘Dodgy Lasagne’: The Premier League 2005/2006 season

The Gunners had reached the Champions League final that season but Tottenham were in control of qualification for the subsequent season’s campaign

Spurs had a one-point lead heading into their final game, away at West Ham. Arsenal hosted Wigan in Highbury’s last match.

It seemed like a straightforward sprint finish. But then Martin Jol had 10 players, including Robbie Keane and Michael Carrick, fall to illness overnight and his side went into disarray, slipping to a 2-1 defeat as the Gunners came from behind to win 4-2.

Tottenham tried to have their match postponed, or at least kick-off pushed back a few hours on the same day.

They then explored the possibility of a replay and considered taking the matter to court. Claims of food poisoning were thoroughly investigated. Callum Davenport, by his own admission gave “this whopper in a Chinese takeaway container” for a stool sample as part of an internal investigation.

The eventual conclusion was that a bout of norovirus tore through the squad but the accepted conspiracy is that Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and company were felled by a dodgy lasagne at the last hurdle.

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