Van der Vaart: Spurs among the best teams
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Rafael van der Vaart claimed today that despite Arsenal's stunning 5-3 weekend win at Chelsea, it is Tottenham Hotspur rather than the Gunners who hold the balance of power in north London.

Arsenal's win at Stamford Bridge was their eighth in nine matches and it lifted them up to within three points of the top four. But Van der Vaart, who helped Spurs extend their unbeaten run to seven in yesterday's 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, claimed: "We are better than Arsenal. In our last seven games we have won six and drawn once. It's a long season, but I think we have a bigger and better squad."

Chelsea and Arsenal have dominated the London scene for the last two decades but, under Harry Redknapp, Tottenham reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last term, and look set to challenge for qualification to Europe's top club competition again this season.

We are much better than we were last season. Man City is the best team in the league and below them you have a lot of good teams and we are one of them.
Rafael van der Vaart, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder

Yesterday's win, which came courtesy of a Van der Vaart goal and a double from Gareth Bale, moved Spurs level on points with Chelsea, who are stuck in third after losing their last two games.

Van der Vaart is so confident about Spurs' strength in depth that he thinks the club could challenge the likes of Chelsea and even Manchester United for second and third place come the end of the season, behind Manchester City.

"Are we the best team in London? Maybe, but it's still early," the Netherlands midfielder said. "We're in a good way. We are much better than we were last season. Man City is the best team in the league and below them you have a lot of good teams and we are one of them."