Robbo concern at Gunners run
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Robinson has admitted that he is worried by Arsenal's success in Europe.
Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has admitted that he is worried by Arsenal's success in the UEFA Champions League.
Spurs are battling with The Gunners for fourth place in The Premiership and automatic qualification for next season's Champions League, but Martin Jol's side could miss out even if they hold onto their advantage in the league.
If Arsenal win the Champions League this season they will gain entry next year, regardless of where they finish in The Premiership.
There are parallels with the situation last year, when Everton claimed fourth spot and Liverpool won in Europe, but whereas both Merseyside clubs were allowed to compete, rules state that Tottenham would have to settle for a place in the Uefa Cup this time.
Robinson believes that would be harsh on Tottenham, but urged his team-mates to keep pressing and make sure they at least give themselves a chance.
"If it happens then it will be a very, very sad day for Spurs and all our fans," the England man told the Daily Mirror.
"I was enjoying Arsenal's run in Europe - until I found out that if they finish fifth and win the European cup they'd knock us out of the Champions League.
"We can't control what they do in Europe so we just have to stay focused on getting that fourth spot. Of course I've thought about such a scenario - but I'm going to try and forget about it until it happens.
"I did think it was right last year that Liverpool won it and deserved to get back in it, but when it affects you in the way it could affect Spurs, I think it's shocking.
"However, that's the way it is this year. They're the rules and hopefully we can hold on to fourth spot.
"I'd love Arsenal to do well, but for them to get to the final and just miss out, that would be all right."