Saha warns Arsenal: We're Gunner beat you to third
Published 15:11 28/03/12 By Darren Lewis
Louis Saha has spiced up the race for the top four by insisting that while Arsenal have the form, Spurs have the experience to reel them in.
Arsenal - on a seven-match winning streak - go to troubled QPR on Saturday, knowing victory would leave Spurs six points behind their bitter north London rivals by the time they face Swansea on Sunday.
The Gunners have already wiped out a 10-point advantage to leap-frog Harry Redknapp’s men into third.
But Saha, who scored in Tuesday’s 3-0 FA Cup quarter-final against Bolton, said: “It is football, with lots of paradoxes and things can quickly change.
“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.
“Both sets of players are very talented. There are definitely players with experience like, Ade [Emmanuel Adebayor], [William] Gallas and [Rafael] Van Der Vaart, who have won a lot of things. So I think experience is on our side.
"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.”
Saha, 33, has also pointed to the belief he has gained from playing under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as a reminder that it is never over until it is over.
He added: “I still have the belief. As a Manchester United player or Tottenham or whatever team you play with, you always believe as a professional.
“You always believe because when it is not finished it is still possible.
“Ninety minutes, or in a season when it is mathematically possible, you have a chance.”
Many had questioned Redknapp's decision to sign Saha in the January transfer window but the 33-year-old has silenced his critics by scoring four times in nine appearances - four of which have come off the bench.
The move has also enabled Saha to win a recall to the France squad and he is delighted that swapping Everton for Spurs has paid off.
"It's been brilliant because this is a great club and I like the way we play," Saha added. "It's just a joy to play in a team like this and obviously scoring goals is something I love."
Spurs will have Aaron Lennon available for Sunday's game against Swansea.
The winger has missed the last three weeks with a hamstring injury, but tweeted on Wednesday: "For all asking I will be fit for the weekend."
SPURS boss Harry Redknapp has blocked a move by Ipswich to take academy boss Bryan Klug back to Portman Road, writes John Cross .