Let’s make an outrageous assumption (it’s basically fact at this point) that Chelsea and Tottenham will finish in the top two places in the Premier League and that Everton, who have played up to three more games than their nearest contenders, are out of this battle for the top four. Without Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, this ridiculously easy run-in is looking arduous.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez is a slow starter but has hailed the Chile international's ability to make the difference. The 28-year-old was his side's hero in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Manchester City at the weekend, scoring the winner in extra time to fire Arsenal into the final. Sanchez's goal against City saw him take his tally for 2016-17 to 24 goals in all competitions but Wenger concedes his star man can take a while to get going.
Former Arsenal forward Alan Smith believes that Dele Alli would be a greater loss to Tottenham than N’Golo Kante would be to Chelsea. Alli picked up the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season, whilst Kante won the PFA Player of the Year for his contribution to Chelsea’s title challenge. Alli has netted on 20 occasions in all competitions this season, and former Arsenal man Smith believes that his contribution has been greater than that of Kante’s.