Tottenham vs Arsenal predictions: Arsenal line-up
Arsenal’s injury list has been improving recently, with all the short-term casualties back in action. Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are the Gunners’ only absentees due to long-term injuries. Unai Emery will have everybody else at his disposal for the Derby on Saturday.
Probable Arsenal XI
Manager: Unai Emery
Bernd Leno (GK)
The German has been in outstanding form in the last two games and has settled in well after a shaky start to his Arsenal career. He is expected to continue in goal on Saturday.
Stephan Lichsteiner (RB)
The veteran defender was outstanding in his last game against Southampton and showed glimpses as to why he was so highly regarded at Juventus. He should return to the squad in place of Carl Jenkinson.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB)
Arguably Arsenal’s best defender this season, Sokratis’ passion for defending and his leadership in the box will be massively important in the derby on Saturday.
Laurent Koscielny (CB)
The skipper hurt himself in the dying moments of the game against Bournemouth but is expected to return for the derby. Koscielny has scored 3 goals since his return from injury.
Sead Kolasinac (LB)
The Bosnian has been preferred over Nacho Monreal this season and has done incredibly well with his bombarding runs into the box. His cut-backs from the by line will be crucial on Saturday.
Lucas Torreira (CM)
The 22-year-old, despite his short stature, seems to win almost everything in the midfield for the Gunners. The Uruguayan scored his first goal for the club in the reverse fixture and will look to find the net again at Wembley on Saturday.
Granit Xhaka (CM)
The Swiss international was rested for the game against Bournemouth and is expected to return to the heart of the midfield on Saturday.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RW)
The Armenian has been outstanding since his return from injury and has scored and assisted 4 goals in his last two Premier League games.
Mesut Ozil (CAM)
The German was back to his best in the game against Bournemouth and scored with his trademark dink over the keeper. His link-up play with Mkhitaryan was a joy to see and their combination will be crucial against Spurs.
Alex Iwobi (LW)
Despite his criticism, the Nigerian has done a pretty decent job and has been directly involved in 11 goals this campaign. His driving runs and link-up with Kolasinac will be an asset for the Gunners at Wembley.
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Alexandre Lacazette (ST)
The Frenchman has been in red hot form recently and scored a brilliant free-kick on Wednesday. His introduction in the reverse fixture turned the game on its head as he helped Arsenal brush aside their neighbours comfortably.