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Keane declares Tottenham squad equal to Arsenal

Robbie Keane insists Tottenham are the equal of Arsenal ahead of the North London derby this weekend. Many of Spurs' fringe players helped their side to a 2-0 win over Everton last night through goals from Tom Huddlestone and Keane, which secured a quarter-final spot in the Carling Cup.

And Spurs captain Keane believes that such a routine victory over the Merseysiders proves Redknapp has a formidable group of players.

"You look at the two squads and we're definitely on a par," said Keane, who is confident he will be able to play on Saturday despite suffering a blow to his ankle. "In the last four or five years, Arsenal always managed to get ahead of us but if you look now, it is even.

"It will be judged at the end of the season but if you look at the bench we have, it is probably a little bit stronger than their bench.

"The mentality around the club in previous seasons was that we would be happy to finish fifth, or qualify for the UEFA Cup, but there is a different feeling now. The players have the feeling that we want to get to the Champions League. You can take away Saturday's game, because anything can happen in a north London derby, but we need to be judging ourselves against teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea over the season.

"It's still early days, but we're in the top four now, so it's important we stay where we are. If we can get to Christmas still around there, we'd certainly have every chance."



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