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When Andros Townsend broke into the Tottenham first team there was a sense of excitement among the fans. The winger impressed at first but soon became a divisive figure who, despite his evident skill set, lacked a final product.

Townsend has since played for Newcastle United and now Crystal Palace, where he is enjoying something of a renaissance under current boss Sam Allardyce.

The 25-year-old’s reemergence was evidenced on Monday evening when he scored the first of Crystal Palace’s three goals against Arsenal at Selhurst Park.

Clearly delighted at netting against Spurs’ fiercest rivals, Townsend was asked if his former club will finish above Arsenal this year.

He told the Press Association: “It looked that way last season and then for some reason it did not happen. I hope so, but I am just focusing on Crystal Palace and hoping we survive.

“Obviously being a Tottenham boy, to score against Arsenal is an incredible feeling. And to help us on the way to a great win. The important thing was the three points.”

It’s always nice to hear a player treat a rivalry like a fan. Townsend may not have been good enough for Spurs, but he’ll always be admired by the supporters.

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