Saha - We can finish third

Striker tells Arsenal not to start celebrating too soon

Louis Saha: Has warned Arsenal not to discount Tottenham in race for third

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Louis Saha has warned Arsenal that Tottenham are still capable of pipping them to third place in the Premier League.

Spurs haven't won any of their last five league games, while the Gunners have won their last seven and moved above their neighbours in the table.

A win in last month's north London derby would have moved Tottenham 13 points clear of Arsenal, but the Gunners fought back from 2-0 down to win 5-2 which may have given the Gunners a mental edge in the battle for third.

Encouraged by Saturday's 0-0 draw at Chelsea, and a 3-1 FA Cup win over Bolton on Tuesday night, Saha feels Tottenham can still grab the final automatic spot for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

"It is football, with lots of paradox and things can quickly change," the French striker said.

"Arsenal have had a run so they are confident. They are in the front seat, they are in a good position but it doesn't mean we cannot do the same.


"We have shown consistency during the season. We may have dropped a few points during the past weeks but we have shown that we have closed the gap in terms of our performances."

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At one point Spurs looked like title contenders after going on an 11-match unbeaten run at the end of 2011, and some critics claimed that the inexperience of being in such a lofty position led to their recent slide.

However, the 33-year-old feels the club have more than enough old hands to challenge for silverware.

Saha added: "We definitely have players with experience like Emmanuel Adebayor, William Gallas and Rafael van der Vaart, who has won lots of things, so I think that experience is on our side."

Since making the switch from Everton to Tottenham, Saha has netted four times in nine appearances and has earned a recall to the France international squad.

"It's been brilliant because this is a great club and I like the way we play," Saha said.

"It's just a joy to play in a team like this and obviously scoring goals is something I love."