sport news CHRIS SUTTON: Losing to Arsenal would be a disaster for Tottenham

Another defeat for Tottenham would be disastrous so expect them to fly out of the traps... but can Arsenal continue to outperform their rivals in attack? Spurs have lost their last two games and now face Arsenal in a London derby Another defeat would be a disaster so Tottenham will look to start very strongly Gunners have scored more Premier League goals than Spurs this season though

By Chris Sutton for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 00:17 GMT, 2 March 2019

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Defeat for Tottenham on Saturday is unthinkable. Rewind only a couple of weeks and Mauricio Pochettino's side were being talked up as title contenders, while Arsenal's hopes of reaching the top four were being written off.

Now, a win at Wembley would see Unai Emery's Gunners tighten their grip on a Champions League place and move them within a point of Spurs in third. The momentum is with Arsenal.

Spurs have lost their last two matches and, while they have dug in to grind out results since the new year, performances have been far from convincing. 

Tottenham have lost their last two games after suffering a 2-0 defeat at London rivals Chelsea

Tottenham have lost their last two games after suffering a 2-0 defeat at London rivals Chelsea

Inflict a third straight defeat on Tottenham and Arsenal will believe they can finish above their rivals. For Spurs, that would be disastrous. 

Their season is hanging in the balance. If everything falls away and come calling in the summer, could Mauricio Pochettino really turn the Spaniards down?

It is why I expect Tottenham to come flying out of the traps. The consequences of defeat are so huge that I can see them doing everything in their power to prevent it. These are the key areas which will decide the game…

WHICH FRONT LINE WILL FIRE?

Up front, Arsenal have outperformed Tottenham this season. and Alexandre Lacazette have helped propel Unai Emery's side to 60 goals in the Premier League — five more than Spurs.

That they have been so prolific without creator-in-chief Mesut Ozil for large parts of the season shows just how dangerous they are.

Even if it is with off the left

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