By Nick Teale

Having three teams in next season's Champions League is good for London, according to Robin van Persie.

Tottenham won the race to finish fourth and will join Arsenal and Chelsea in the 2010/11 Champions League if they win their qualifier.

That means three London clubs will compete in the competition for the first time. Van Persie believes that is a good thing for the English capital and hopes Arsenal can be the first club from the city to win Europe's premier footballing prize.

"It is good for London but hopefully we will win it," he said.

"It is about time for a London club to win the Champions League because that has never happened. It has been very close but it has never happened.

The striker added that it was crucial for the Gunners to avoid having to play a Champions League qualifier.

"It is very important because we would have two games extra," he said.

"I think the first qualifying game is after the first Premier League game. That is a period where we want to focus on the League and get used to the League again and you don't really want to play those two games."

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10 May 2010