Tottenham captain Michael Dawson believes Spurs' summer signings will help the team move to the next level and break into the top four. 

The long-serving centre-half has likened his club's new transfer policy to that of north London rivals Arsenal and suggests that it's a good idea. 

Sunday see's the two sides go head-to-head in the first derby of the season at the Emirates and with last season's final-day heartbreak fresh in the memories, Dawson knows this campaign holds the best chance of finishing above their rivals since it was last achieved in 1995. 

Dawson told the London Evening Standard what this season demands of his Spurs team.

"It's about taking the club to the next level and bringing the best players in. That's what you have to do in the Premier League, you can't stand still," he said. 

Pressure is building ahead of Sunday's game, with Theo Walcott already declaring that Arsenal are still better than their rivals, even without a significant signing this summer. 

Spurs achieved their highest Premier League points total last season, 72, and Dawson thinks this is proof of the improvements at the club in recent years. 

"It shows how far we've come, we finished just below them (Arsenal) in fifth in my first year but we have come a long way since then. We are really striving for the Champions League and that's our aim on a regular basis and when we don't get it we're really disappointed," he added. 

Tottenham are many people's favourites to break into the top four this season at the expense of Arsenal but Dawson isn't concerned who they finish above. 

"We know what it means to the fans and the club to finish above Arsenal but our aim is to finish in the top four whoever it's above. We have to earn the right and it's going to be tough," said the 29-year-old. 

Dawson was part of the last Spurs team that played in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals in 2011 when they lost to Real Madrid 5-0 over two legs, and the Tottenham centre-back is ready to taste those special European night's again. 

"On a Tuesday or Wednesday night when the Champions league music is playing, that's where you want to be. But I have always said you have to earn the right to do that," he concluded. 

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