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Redknapp: Arsenal haven't won yet

March 21, 2012

Defiant Harry Redknapp has told Arsenal to think again if they believe they have won the race for third place.

Harry Redknapp
GettyImagesHarry Redknapp was expected to get the England job

• Tottenham 1-1 Stoke

Tottenham crashed out of the Premier League top three for the first time in almost three months after they could only draw 1-1 with Stoke on Wednesday evening.

North London rivals Arsenal, meanwhile, won 1-0 at Everton.

Tottenham were even heading for a fourth successive league defeat before Rafael van der Vaart came to the rescue with an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage-time.

Spurs boss Redknapp refused to be disheartened by his side's recent slump, saying: "We can still finish above Arsenal. Arsenal can think it's all over. It's not all over. There's a long way to go yet.

"There'll be twists and turns. It's all to play for still. They're not going to win every game, are they, I don't think."

Redknapp rubbished suggestions his players might have been affected by Saturday's distressing events, which saw Tottenham's FA Cup tie with Bolton abandoned after Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest shortly before half-time.

"Nothing affects them - they've been ready to play," he said. "I'd be making excuses if I said that. I just felt we got a bit panicky. We stopped passing the ball as well.

"The crowd want us to get forward and want us to win, which is great, and we start lumping the ball forward. There's no point in lumping the ball forward against Stoke.

"We had to play, we had to keep being patient, and if it took 10, 15, 20 passes to try to make an opening, we had to do it."

Redknapp revealed he even lied to his players at half-time to motivate them, telling them fifth-placed Chelsea were winning at Manchester City.

He said: "I said Arsenal were winning and Chelsea were winning. Chelsea weren't winning but I said, 'They're both winning. Let's get after them, we need a win'. I didn't work, did it, obviously because we only drew!"

Redknapp insisted his players had not lost their nerve, having blown what looked set to be a 13-point lead over Arsenal during last month's north London derby.

He said: "We've had hard games. People can look at it as much as they want. We've played three games before tonight. They weren't exactly nine points you'd been looking at.

"We're all disappointed to have had a blip at this time of the season but we've got to come out of that now, we've got to keep going."