44 Wednesday, 28 October 2009 London Lite Glove story: Tottenhams Heurehelo Gomes was in top form again last night You dont scare us any more, Arsenal SPURS captain Robbie Keane says his side are no longer afraid of Arsenal and believes Harry Redknapps squad has the greater depth. Tottenham approach Saturdays north London derby at the Emirates with 19 points from their opening 10 Premier League games, and with the teamsappearingmoreclosely-matched than they have been for some time. Many of Spurs fringe players helped their side to a 2-0 win over Everton last night through goals from Tom Hud- dlestone 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. Youlookatthetwosquadsandwere definitely on a par, said Keane, who is confident he will be able to play on Saturday despite suffering a blow to hisankle.Inthelastfourorfiveyears, 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 feel- ing now. The players have the feeling that we want to get to the Champions League. You can take away Saturdays game, because anything can happen in a north London derby, but we need to bejudgingourselvesagainstteamslike Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea over the season. Its still early days, but were in the topfournow.If wecangettoChristmas still around there, wed certainly have every chance. Meanwhile, David Bentley could be handed his first League start of the season at Arsenal after Redknapp said an ankle injury was likely to rule Aaron Lennon out of the match. Bentleys stunning strike in the 4-4 drawatArsenalayearagoremainsthe highlight of his Spurs career, and he admitted he had not been as dedicated as he should have been recently. Its been a difficult time since Ive been here, said Bentley. Sometimes my efforts have been lacking at times because I havent been fully focused on football. I think Ive got that right now andagainstEvertonIworkedhardand my ability came out. Redknapp has questioned Bentleys effort in training following Lennons emergenceasfirstchoiceatSpursbut he was pleased with the 25-year-olds response. His attitude has not been as good in training as it could have been, Red- knapp added. I spoke to him about that. I felt he hadnt worked as hard as he did when I first arrived. Maybe he didnt see any light at the end of the tunnel. Hes gone from playing for England to not getting a game here. Against Ever- ton he was fantastic. ToTTenham 2 everTon ..... 0 Riding high: Robbie Keane clears Evertons Tony Hibbert and prepares for Saturdays north London derby by geoff teather WHILE Arsenal face a worrying goalkeeping conundrum -- ill-at-ease Italian Vito Mannone or spluttering Spaniard Manuel Almunia -- Spurs boss Harry Redknapp can plan for the North London derby on Sunday with complete confidence in his Brazilian No1 Heurelho Gomes. The in-form stopper produced superb saves last night to deny Jo, Louis Saha, Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini -- and the jittery early days under previous boss Juande Ramos are a thing of the past. Former PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Gomes said: This period is my best moment since I joined Tottenham. I feel fit, I am confident and I am sharp, so I can help Tottenham all the time. I dont have the problems that were affecting me at the club last year. I am OK now. We played really well yesterday, and its great to be in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. Now, were looking forward to the Arsenal game. While Arsene Wenger contemplates his No1 spot having dropped Almunia in recent weeks for his stand-in Mannone, Redknapp purrs: Gomes is a top, top goalkeeper. When I took over at Tottenham it didnt look that way but hes really looked the part since then. Hes been terrific. WhileArsene playsfinders keepers,Spurs haveGomes by neal collins MIKE PARRY, the talkSPORT radio host, needed to get something off his chest at White Hart Lane last night. His shirt for a start. Parry, a confirmed Everton fan, told LiteSport this morning: The atmosphere was overwhelming. Spurs have great fans and I enjoyed the good-natured banter between us. Weve been talking about it on-air this morning and Ive been sent emails, texts and calls from fans who were there saying what a good laugh we had and inviting me back. Imnotjusttalkingsport,Imreadytoswapshirtswiththelads! 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