Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has sent out a warning of intent stating that Spurs are 'not scared' of Arsenal.

The north London club currently sit in fourth place one point behind Chelsea and four in front of bitter rivals Arsenal, but concede a game in hand to both.

The German, however, believes that Tottenham have the quality in the squad to compete amongst the elite of European football.

White Hart Lane has seen some exciting games of Europa League this season, but the ambition for Spurs is the Champions League who were unfortunate to miss out at the end of the last term.

Tottenham finished fourth and usually would have qualified to compete with Europe's elite, but Chelsea ruined this for them with their heroics to win the Champions League and relegate Spurs to the Europa League.

Spurs have lost their last three in all competitions, but Holtby feels that the international break has come at just the right time to stop the rot and to push on and secure a top four finish.

"No we’re not scared. That’s the past. We are prepared," he told Sportsmail when asked about the narrowing gap to fifth spot.

"We have a lot of players who have seen that but we are prepared now and we have to just focus on our game. We don’t look at the table, just win our games and at the end we can watch and hope that we are in the top four. 

"We can definitely do it. We had 12 unbeaten league games, we had a very good run. And now we’ve had three disappointing games."

The German added: "These 12 days of international break are really good for us to clear everybody’s head; to go to the national team and see something else. We will bounce back, especially in the next game.

"There are still a lot of games to play and I think we have the right mentality and the right quality to play Champions League next season."

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