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Robbie Savage names the only world-class outfield player in north London derby

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Sunday's north London derby will see the Premier League's most in-form team, Arsenal, take on the only unbeaten side through the league's first 10 fixtures, Tottenham.

Considering their lofty positions in the table - Arsenal are currently second, Spurs sit fifth - and their ongoing Champions League campaigns, you'd be forgiven for thinking there will be an array of top class talent on display at the Emirates this weekend.

According to Robbie Savage, you'd also be wrong. That's because the former Premier League midfielder-turned-pundit believes there will only be one truly world-class outfield player lining up come Sunday afternoon.

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Writing in his column in the Mirror, the outspoken Welshman gave a pass to both goalkeepers, Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris, but clearly doesn't think much of some of the other players set to do battle in the north London derby.

Indeed, he was particularly tough on the Spurs squad ahead of the crunch fixture.

"Mesut Ozil will be the only world-class outfield player on the pitch in Sunday's North London derby," Savage wrote on Friday.

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"Alexis Sanchez , who has been in electric form as the Gunners' centre-forward this season, will not be far behind him... and I make Arsenal firm favourites to beat Tottenham at the Emirates.

"Sorry if Spurs fans don't go along with my analysis, but in the Premier League you can almost count world-class players on the fingers of one hand – and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris aside, Tottenham don't have any."

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Tough words from Savage, especially when you consider Spurs are the top flight's only unbeaten team and dispatched Pep Guardiola's Manchester City earlier this season.

However, their recent run of just one win in six fixtures in all competitions clearly has the BT Sport pundit doubting the overall talent in Mauricio Pochettino's squad. Besides Lloris, of course.

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As for the Gunners, whilst Savage believes they are better prepared to mount a title challenge than in previous years, he is in no doubt that Ozil is a cut above everyone else in the Emirates changing room.

"You don't have to win the World Cup to be a world-class player – but it helps. And Ozil has looked the real deal this season.

"He was already English football's king of assists, and that hasn't changed, but the German midfielder has added seven goals to the pot this term...

"Although he does not have electric pace, and therefore doesn't appear to have the dynamism of top strikers, he can pick a pass and thread it through the eye of a needle."

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The likes of Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny will probably feel hard done by. But if their German teammate helps them get the three points come Sunday, they probably won't mind agreeing with Savage this once.

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Alexis Sanchez
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