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Szczesny Euro taunt for Spurs

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has taunted Tottenham by claiming that they could end up playing Europa League football next year.

The Gunners have spent most of the season way behind Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League, but a recent run of three straight wins has put Arsene Wenger's men four points behind their third-placed London rivals.

Szczesny said: "I would not settle right now for fourth place. We are four points behind the other north London club - I am not going to say their name - and hopefully we can challenge them. Hopefully Chelsea can challenge them for fourth place and I would be really pleased to see them in the Europa League next season."

He added: "That would be fantastic. Hopefully they will be looking at this result and are looking over their shoulders.

"The momentum is with us. We won two fantastic games against Liverpool and Tottenham and we won a great game against Milan."

Arsenal's confidence levels hit new heights on Tuesday night as they beat AC Milan 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium, although that was not enough to prevent them dropping out of the Champions League due to their 4-0 hammering in the first leg.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky were all outstanding on what was a thrilling night of football, which Szczesny thinks will make the rest of Europe realise Arsenal are still a major force to be reckoned with.

"I think we have sent a message to the rest of the teams in the league that we can beat anyone in the country, anyone in Europe," Szczesny said.

"Teams are going to struggle against us when we play like that.

"It was a very good performance against one of the best sides in Europe and we have more confidence now. We actually believe that we can beat anyone at any level so a lot has changed in the players' attitude."

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