By Chris Harris
Wojciech Szczesny is still confident that Arsenal will finish above Tottenham this season.
Arsène Wenger's side are five points adrift of their local rivals - having played a game more - while Spurs' exit from European competition will spare them fixture congestion during the Premier League run-in.
Arsenal lost 2-1 at Tottenham earlier this season but Szczesny is determined to turn the tables and deny Spurs their first taste of north London supremacy since the 1994/95 campaign.
"Getting above Tottenham is the main target," said Szczesny. "We don’t want to finish below them no matter what.
"That’s 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.
"Tottenham will lose eventually. They have been in good form recently and you have to hand it to them but I am confident we are a better side than them and we will finish above them. Time will tell if they can handle the pressure but they look good at the moment."
Arsenal's defeat at Manchester City on Sunday was their first loss since the derby at White Hart Lane on October 2. Szczesny expects Wenger's side to get back on track when they face Aston Villa, Wolves, QPR and Fulham in the space of 12 days.
"I am positive we can do the same over again and hopefully make this run even longer than last time, climb up the table and make sure we finish as high as we can," he said.
"If you get a couple of good results and play well, the confidence comes back. The performances have shown that we are much more confident and certainly Sunday's game will not take the confidence away from us.
"I think the tough times that we have gone through made us stronger in the end. We made some quality signings after the poor start to the season and that brought the spirit back to the dressing room.
"The atmosphere in the dressing room is very good at the moment so that made us stronger and I believe we can go very far in all competitions."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 19 Dec 2011