The North London Derby is set to kick-off in tomorrow’s afternoon clash at the Emirates with Tottenham making the short trip to take on Arsenal. This crunch match in previous years would be all about keeping our bragging rights over our rivals, but we currently have a power struggle in North London, with the our rivals closing the gap on us domestically, albeit without any return of trophies.
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A win for the Gunners tomorrow would see us keep tabs on our top-four rivals, while also allowing us to move within a point of Spurs, who have enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign.
There has been a number of injury doubts over the past weeks coming into this match-up, but both sides appear to be nearing a full-strength squad of options being available, which should lead to a very interesting match, not that the NLD can usually be called a drab affair.
Our boys had doubts over the availability of Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi, but the quartet now look set to return to the playing squad this weekend, subject to late fitness tests for the latter duo, while Olivier Giroud and Rob Holding are already ruled out of the tie.
Tottenham have their own question marks to deal with, most notably over Harry Kane who himself will undergo a late test ahead of kick-off. Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm are also to be looked at before the match, while Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld are ruled out.
Predicted Arsenal XI:
Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Bellerin Xhaka Ramsey Kolasinac
I would love to see Lacazette start this match, but the impact he made from the bench against Man City tells me Wenger may choose to utilize him similarly against our noisy neighbours, and with Welbeck possibly back in contention, his movement would cause huge problems to the Spurs defence.
Our performance against City proved that our players are well up for the dog-fight of these big games, and a similar performance paired with home advantage should see us through. I’m predicting a 2-1 win over Tottenham,
What are your predictions for the big game? Should Welbeck start over Lacazette if fit?
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