Redknapp: We can match Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says the club are no longer in the shadow of Arsenal ahead of the north-London derby at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

The gap between the two sides in the Barclays Premier League is 10 points in the Gunners' favour but after Spurs beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium for the first time in 17 years there is renewed optimism around the club that they no long have to live in their rivals' shadow.

Their Champions League adventure, which ended with a crushing defeat to Real Madrid last week, has only gone to increase Spurs profile, and Redknapp believes the club should be playing in the top table of European football every year.

“As a club, we’ve moved on over the last couple of years," he said.

“We’ve been up there now in that top four, top five. The point gap between us and Arsenal has now closed. It went from being a massive gap - 15 points in 2009 - to just five last season.


“Every year, Arsenal had Champions League football. Now we have to make sure we are in there challenging every year for it. And there’s no reason we can’t do that.

“The two victories against them last year were massive for us. To even get to Man City we had to beat Arsenal and we had to beat Chelsea - just to even have a chance. But we did it.

“Now we have to do it again. The profile of Spurs has gone through the roof this year. All over the world now, people know who we are. I’ve got friends over in America and they’ve watched all the games there.

“Wherever we go now, you’re more famous now in Italy because you’ve been there with Inter Milan and AC Milan.

“People know more about Tottenham now. The Champions League has taken us on to another level. The Champions League is another level and we’ve been in it this year and gone to the last eight.”

Spurs are closing in on another top four finish, and know wins in each of their last six league games, which include games against Arsenal on Wednesday night, Chelsea and Manchester City, will assure them a spot in the Champions League for next season.

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