Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has admitted it will be tough for his team to beat Arsenal to a top three finish this season, with the Englishman choosing to focus on a top four finish with Champions League qualification essential for his North London side.
Tottenham slumped to a home defeat against Norwich today, and the results got better for the Gunners after Chelsea drew 1-1 with Fulham meaning they remain in sixth position two points behind Newcastle (who beat Bolton 2-0) and Spurs.
Arsenal still have a game in hand that they play this Wednesday away to Wolves which could potentially open up a nice 5 point gap between fourth place if they can claim all three points, and Redknapp feels it will be difficult for Spurs to reclaim third place this season, he told the Mirror:
We have not been in bad form the last few weeks, but today was a setback. We had a bad day.We were a bit flat. I thought their front two, especially Grant Holt, bullied us a bit.
It is all still to play for though.
It is going to be close, but there are still five games to go. It is the team who wants it most.
We would settle for finishing fourth, Champions League football is the key.
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It would be lovely to finish above Arsenal, but that is going to be tough now.
It is still all to play for – Chelsea have to play Arsenal, Newcastle have to play Chelsea, Chelsea have to play Liverpool away, so who knows?
The results recently have been going in Arsenal’s favour which is fantastic, and after Sunday’s emphatic victory over City it looks like the Gunners have what it takes to maintain their third spot. It is a vital position as it means automatic qualification into the Champions League rather than entering a qualification round prior to the start of the Premier League season.
But Wenger’s men have some tough, battling fixtures against the likes of Wolves and Chelsea coming up in the next couple of weeks, so they must give everything to prevent a slipup. Arsenal’s fate is in their own hands now with their rivals dropping point left, right and centre so it is extremely vital that they gain at least six or seven points in their next three games but preferably nine.