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Thursday 14 December 2017

Van sure of Spurs recovery

RAFAEL van der Vaart believes that Tottenham will quickly recover from their chastening 5-2 loss against Arsenal and still end the season as London's leading club.

Tottenham have not finished above Arsenal since 1995 but still retain a seven-point advantage over their north London neighbours with only 12 games of the season remaining.

"Man City are winning the games so easily, especially now after we lost, so maybe the title is over," said Van der Vaart. "With it being Arsenal, it always hurts, but we are still third, seven points ahead so we are not worried. I'm still really confident we will finish in third."

Wojciech Szczesny, the Arsenal goalkeeper, likened the atmosphere and performance of Arsenal's win to their 2-1 victory over Barcelona in last year's Champions League.

"It is comparable to that of beating Barcelona," said Szczesny.

"It is a great feeling, probably one of the best I have ever had. I hope it can transform our season."

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