Lukas Podolski: 'North London derby won't decide Champions League places'

Podolski: 'Derby won't decide top four'
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Lukas Podolski says that this weekend's North London derby will not decide who plays in next season's Champions League.

Lukas Podolski has said that the outcome of the North London derby will not decide who will play in the Champions League next season.

Arsenal visit Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, with the Gunners sitting outside the top four in the Premier League table, two places and four points behind Spurs.

The German forward told "I like derbies. It will be a tough match but we want the three points and we have the quality to win there.

"It is something special when it is a derby, for the fans and for the club. When you play away at your rivals you must fight for the three points.

"It is a big game but it will not decide who will play in next season's Champions League. We have 11 matches to go and every match is like a final and we must fight to get into the Champions League next season. This is important to us."

Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

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