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Robbie Savage has brilliantly summed up the state of Arsenal v Tottenham

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There's a grim sense of acceptance at the Emirates Stadium that the power in north London is no longer within their four walls.

Since Mauricio Pochettino walked through the door at Tottenham and took one season to settle, Spurs have launched two very tangible assaults on the Premier League title as Arsenal were left napping.

Arsene Wenger's men have secured the FA Cup three times in the past four years but even the treasured, annual achievement of Champions League qualification has slipped away.

And while the 2015-16 campaign did see the Gunners miraculously usurp their close rivals, last season finally saw Wenger toppled by Tottenham.

It all adds up to a pessimistic atmosphere ahead of Saturday's north London derby and an uneasy feeling that Tottenham could turn on the style at the Emirates with Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dele Alli running riot.

Arsenal fans will have to hope Wenger can inspire the kind of performance that saw them win 5-2 at Goodison Park in a brilliant team showing that wasn't apparent at Manchester City.

Although the likes of Ian Wright and Thierry Henry will dissect Arsenal's situation in the build-up, it's debatable as to whether anyone will put the situation quite like Robbie Savage.

The TV pundit wasn't necessarily the finest player in his day but is still an ex-Premier League midfielder with the occasional moments of inspiration. One of which, arrived today.

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In his column for the Mirror, he explained: "It’s Spurs who are challenging for the title every year. It’s Spurs who are beginning to make headway in the Champions League instead of chasing former glory on Thursday nights. It’s Spurs who have the best players and the best manager. 

"They will even have the bigger stadium."

Ouch. Moreover, Savage went one step further when he put forward his suggestion for an Arsenal-Tottenham combined XI and there's no guesses for which club dominated.

He stated: "Injuries aside, my current Tottenham/Arsenal combined XI would read: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Sanchez; Kane.

"Would you take Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac over Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose as full-backs or wing-backs? Not for me.

"Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen? They were the best central defensive pairing in the country last season.

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"Are any of Arsenal’s holding midfielders better than Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier or Mousa Dembele? Sorry, but no."

Love or hate Savage, loath or support Arsenal - he's touched on some painful truths here.

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