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Many believe those players who struggle to overcome nerves on match-day will flourish in the silent surroundings.

The dynamics of competing in soulless, crowd-free stadiums is set to provide a fascinating twist to the Premier League run-in.

Exclusive: Arsenal and Tottenham return to Premier League action next week amid the coronavirus crisis and will relish playing behind closed doors, insists Neil Ruddock

Granit Xhaka’s outburst at fans saw him get stripped of the Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal played Brentford at the Emirates Stadium behind closed doors this week

West Ham beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in a friendly at the London Stadium on Saturday

The Emirates, in particular, has been toxic a number of times over the last few seasons – most notably in October when Granit Xhaka clashed with the Gunners’ faithful after receiving torrid abuse from the stands.

Neil Ruddock reckons there are two clubs who will love playing without any fans – Arsenal and Tottenham.

And ex-Liverpool and West Ham defender Ruddock has taken a thinly-veiled dig at the two North London giants – suggesting both teams will benefit significantly without the moaning masses cranking up the heat.

Ruddock, 52, who had two spells at White Hart Lane, scoffed: “I think Arsenal will do very well behind closed doors.

Xhaka, who mouthed obscenities back at the baying masses, was later stripped of the captaincy.

Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder was booed and jeered for taking ages to walk off the pitch as he was subbed against Crystal Palace.

“Because, with Arsenal, when they go 1-0 down, the fans get on their back.

The no-supporter factor could be pivotal at the basement, according to Ruddock.

“And Tottenham, too. They have this habit of being better away than they are at home with their own fans.”

And the former Southampton central defender expects it to work more in Aston Villa’s favour than the rest.

“I feel Villa will get out of trouble, because they’ve got one more home game than the rest.”

Ruddock told Daily Star Sport: “It will help Villa most amongst those ones at the bottom. If they go behind in a game, they won’t get the usual moans and groans. It’s a big mental thing.

Another of Ruddock’s former clubs, West Ham remain in a perilous position.

The one-time Upton Park favourite is demanding the Irons’ expensively- assembled squad starts living up expectations.

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