Robbie Savage: Tottenham will struggle to cope even with Sanchez missing

Robbie Savage feels even an Arsenal without Alexis Sanchez will be too strong for Tottenham Hotspur.

Former footballer Robbie Savage has told The Mirror he believes Arsenal will be too good for Tottenham even with Alexis Sanchez missing.

The former Derby and Blackburn midfielder, now a pundit for the BBC, feels Arsenal are so strong they will pip Manchester United for third, and foresees Spurs missing out on the top four altogether.

He said: "At White Hart Lane this weekend, I fancy Arsenal to make another big statement about solving their soft centre on the road.

"If Arsenal can deny Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen meaningful possession – where I expect Francis Coquelin to play an important role for Arsene Wenger’s side – I have doubts about Tottenham containing Walcott, Ozil, Cazorla and possibly Danny Welbeck, even if Alexis Sanchez is missing."

His comments are different to those he made in late December, when he told The Mirror he wondered where Arsenal would be without Alexis Sanchez.

How Tottenham can prove him wrong

Where Savage misunderestimates Tottenham, is his focus on Eriksen and Kane. While the pair have been superb, Nacer Chadli has been their unsung hero.

He has contributed via goals or assists to the team scoring 12 times in the league alone this season, and netted against the Gunners at The Emirates.

Spurs also have a chance to really test teenage defender Hector Bellerin, who has been excellent lately, but was given the easiest game of his career at home to Villa last weekend.

Tottenham need three midfielders to go into two, with Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Benjamin Stambouli competing for starts, but whichever of the trio do start - they will have as big a role in shutting down Ozil and Cazorla as Coquelin has at the other end.

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