Crouch taunt to Arsenal
Tottenham will soon put fierce derby rivals Arsenal in the shadows, according to Peter Crouch.
Last Updated: 13/03/11 4:46pm
Tottenham will soon put fierce derby rivals Arsenal in the shadows, according to striker Peter Crouch.
The England international was a part of the Spurs team who battled to a 0-0 draw with AC Milan on Wednesday in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.
A stalemate ensured Harry Redknapp's Tottenham progressed on aggregate, courtesy of Crouch's goal in the San Siro, to the quarter-finals, unlike Arsenal.
Spurs' North London neighbours were eliminated by Barcelona on Tuesday and Crouch now hopes that he and his team-mates can begin to eclipse Arsene Wenger's side in domestic competitions.
Crouch said in The People of Tottenham going further than the Gunners in the Champions League: "The fans certainly noticed it as well. You could hear them at the end, chanting: 'are you watching Arsenal?'
"It is great for the club because they have been above us for a number of years and it is nice to go one step further.
"We have wanted to get as close to Arsenal as possible.
"They are still ahead of us in the league, but we are getting a lot closer and soon we will be above them in the league.
"Hopefully, we'll keep doing better than them in the Champions League as well."
Barcelona are generally considered the side to avoid in the quarter-finals, although Crouch has previously said that Tottenham can beat anybody on their day.
But the former Liverpool forward, a Champions League finalist in 2007, is also eager to avoid Chelsea and Manchester United if they reach the last eight.
Crouch said: "The whole thing about playing in Europe is playing against big European teams and, if we can avoid the other English teams, it would be better."