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Szczesny aims to trump Spurs

Image: Wojciech Szczesny: Refusing to give up on Arsenal's title challenge

Wojciech Szczesny is determined to help Arsenal finish above Tottenham this season and claim domestic bragging rights in North London.

Keeper determined to help Gunners finish above local rivals

Wojciech Szczesny is determined to help Arsenal finish above Tottenham this season and claim domestic bragging rights in North London. The Gunners saw any hope they had of firing themselves back into the title race hit hard on Sunday as they went down 1-0 away at table-topping Manchester City. Given that they started the season so slowly, still being in contention in December can be considered something of an achievement for Arsene Wenger's side. They are, however, prepared to lower their targets slightly, with a top-four finish still very much the priority for all concerned. Szczesny is also hoping to help Arsenal close the five-point gap which currently separates them from arch-rivals Tottenham, giving them every opportunity to come out on top in their personal feud.

Ambition

"Getting above Tottenham is the main target," Szczesny said in the London Evening Standard. "We don't want to finish below them no matter what. "That's just my personal ambition because I am one of the fans and so it means a lot to me to finish above them. I am confident we will do so. "They will slip up eventually. They have been in good form - you have to give it to them - but I am confident we are a better side and will finish above them. "Time will tell if they can handle the pressure but they look good at the moment. Hopefully they will drop points in the second half of the season."
Quality
Wenger wrote off Arsenal's title challenge in the wake of a weekend reversal against City, but Szczesny insists he will not be throwing in the towel just yet. "I don't think there is a big gap between the teams in terms of quality," said the Polish goalkeeper. "They just got the winning goal and that was the difference. But we showed that we are just as good as the richest team and possibly, at the moment, the best team in the league, so that gives us confidence we can beat everyone else. "They will drop points. They lost against Chelsea, who are a good side, and they seemed to have got their confidence back. We are confident, playing well while they are on top of the league but United are catching up. Everyone can win it still. "It is too big a gap but we hope we can make it smaller and then we can talk about challenging for the title. We are confident going into the Christmas period that we can get the results."

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