Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker has recently returned to action after eight months out with abdominal problems Getty Images

Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker has claimed the Spurs are ready to beat Arsenal for the Premier League top-four to secure the Champions League qualification as they proved during the recent victory over Chelsea.

After a very slow start to the campaign under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs are starting to take shape and are sixth in the table, just two points behind their North London rivals and three from Manchester United, who are currently fourth.

Spurs have failed to reach the Champions League target since the 2009-2010 campaign but Walker believes Pochettino's side are now set to fight for the big challenge with any rival.

"Arsenal are always going to be up there as they have fantastic players, but so have we. We've got a dressing room full of internationals and good-quality players, who have shown this season what they can do," Walker said, according to Standard Sport.

"Champions League is where every player wants to be but the way we're going now, I think we can get there. I don't want to jinx anything but if we play as we did when we beat Chelsea 5-3, why can't we do it?

Tottenham recently beat Chelsea with an impressive team-performance, while Walker points out they also secured draws in both games against Manchester United and the Gunners.

"When Chelsea came to White Hart Lane, we proved that it wouldn't be an easy game for them. It will be a battle for the top teams. If they want to beat us, they're going to have to out-work us, out-pass us and outplay us," he said.

"In recent seasons, we'd struggle to pick up points against the top teams and that's where we were struggling to bridge the gap but this season we've beaten Chelsea, drawn with Manchester United and Arsenal,"

"If we can keep getting over that bridge, the gap to the top sides will be smaller and we will be right up there. When you look at how young the team are, I think the future is very bright.

Walker admits Spurs may still lack a world class star like Gareth Bale but the impressive performances by young players like Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen are coping with it.

"We probably don't have the big-name players over the past – Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart – but the same desire is there, the same work ethic and, I believe, the same quality.

"I never beat Chelsea 5-3 before in my career here, so that says everything. In the past, we might have struggled to win a game like that after going 1-0 down, but given the youth and enthusiasm in this team, I always think we can."