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Crouch has Gunners in his sights

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Peter Crouch refuses to give up hope that Tottenham's amazing season can get even better and set his sights on leapfrogging Arsenal to steal third place in the Barclays Premier League.

Spurs guaranteed a place in the final qualifying round of the Champions League by beating Manchester City on Wednesday and it is still possible they could secure an automatic place in the group stages of Europe's premier club competition on Sunday by finishing third instead of fourth.

England striker Crouch, who tasted Champions League football with Liverpool, said: "If Arsenal lose, we've got an opportunity, and there's no way we won't be up for it on the last day just because we've qualified for the Champions League."

Harry Redknapp's side need to win at Burnley on Sunday and hope Arsenal, whose season has drifted to a standstill, slip up at home to Europa League finalists Fulham.

Crouch added: "We'll be going all out to finish strongly at Burnley and get a result, and see what happens.

"I've got to be honest, we didn't dream about catching Arsenal. They were challenging for the title at one point, and we were never in the title race. But it's a possibility and that would be fantastic, the icing on the cake."

Crouch scored the only goal to beat City and admitted afterwards that Spurs had been guilty of under-achieving in the past.

He added: "When I joined in the summer I couldn't believe how the club had been underachieving with the fantastic squad of players we have.

"We can replace international players with international players, and over the course of the season I think we deserve fourth place.

"It's the best competition in the world, with the best players in the world and any player would want to be part of it. I remember those Champions League nights at Anfield being so special and I believe they can be just as special at White Hart Lane."

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