Spurs star: Forget Liverpool, other teams will drop - Arsenal?

Jan Vertonghen

Does Jan Vertonghen have his eye on Tottenham taking advantage of Arsenal falling out of the top four?

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has his sights on a Champions League place, believing firmly that Spurs can yet finish in the top four.

But whose spot does he presently have an eye on?

He told SkySports: "It is not just Liverpool we are chasing; I think there are other teams who can drop down. We are just watching fourth place - it does not matter who we catch."

It's difficult to see Chelsea falling out of contention at this point, four points clear at the top of the league, a tally Manchester City will match if they win their game in hand.

Which leaves Arsenal, level on points with Liverpool - as the team Vertonghen's place is likely eyeing up.

Arsenal have been dropping down of late - earlier in the year they topped the table, but have lost their last two away games in the Premier League to Liverpool and Stoke.

They now have a tough run of fixtures in the division, facing Chelsea, Manchester City and of course Tottenham - interspersed with games against Everton in the FA Cup and a daunting second leg in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. It's conceivable they don't win any.

To take the Spurs v Arsenal game alone though, a fixture Tottenham absolutely must win if they are to stand any chance whatsoever to finish in the top four, three points for the home side would have a huge effect on the table.

Spurs currently sit six points behind the Gunners, and if Arsenal were to win that would increase the gap to nine. A Tottenham victory would close it to three, and that's not taking into account the games against City and Chelsea Wenger's men must face.

Spurs don't have it easy themselves though, they have a match against Benfica in the Europa League days before Arsenal come to visit, and will need key men like Vertonghen on top form.

As it stands however, it's certainly possible that Tottenham could end up finishing above their rivals - but they need a perfect end to the campaign, and given their propensity to shoot themselves in the foot and throw it all away as they have done in the past - backing them with any sort of substantial money to do so would be a foolhardy bet.

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