Santi Cazorla: 'Tottenham Hotspur defeat will end Arsenal's Champions League hopes'

Cazorla: 'Spurs defeat will end CL hopes'
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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla feels that defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday will end their hopes of a Champions League spot in the Premier League.

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla feels that defeat in Sunday's clash with local rivals Tottenham Hotspur could spell the end of their push for a Champions League spot.

The Gunners currently trail their North London neighbours by four points in the Premier League and the Spaniard admits that a gap of seven points could be too much to claw back at this stage of the season.

"This is a very important match for us with regard to the Champions League," Cazorla told the Daily Mail. "If we lose it would be a difference of seven points, too big a gap.

"It's true we've been inconsistent. We didn't make it through in the Capital One Cup or the FA Cup but our aim is to be in the Champions League and hopefully we'll improve through the rest of the season.

"A win at Tottenham would invigorate the whole team. We're two points away from Chelsea but if we win this we will be one away from Tottenham."

Cazorla was signed by Arsenal from Malaga last summer.

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla celebrates his second goal against Aston Villa with Nacho Monreal on February 23, 2013
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