Confirmed Arsenal team for NLD clash with Spurs

The teams are finally out for today’s North London Derby clash between Arsenal and Spurs, with more than just bragging rights at stake.

The Gunners may not come into the tie with the better form of the two sides, but have every reason to feel confident of a result after their impressive showings in recent months.

While the manager has seemingly raised his side’s performances against the bigger sides, he is yet to take a point against our noisy neighbours from two attempts, but having played in a number of North London Derby clashes as a player, he will know how important this means to all those involved.

Mikel Arteta was blessed with a complete squad of options to choose from today, but there was always likely to be one or two decisions which raised eyebrows, and leaving Pablo Mari out of the starting XI will hopefully not be a talking point after the full-time whistle is blown, while Aubameyang’s absence will most definitely be a shock for some.

Having played in Greece on Thursday night against Olympiacos, some changes from the first-choice eleven always appeared likely, and the manager’s team has finally been announced below.

Which players do you think should have been given the nod to start today? Score predictions after seeing the confirmed team?

Patrick

Tags Arsenal v Spurs North London Derby tottenham

284 Comments

  1. Angus says:

    Cheerio! Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke. Twice this game he kicked out at our players and got away with it.

  2. Vinod says:

    What a match for Lamela!

  3. Kedar says:

    Kane looked so frustrated 🤣🤣🤣

  4. Palash says:

    3 points are our now.Just score another goal

    1. siamois says:

      Don’t Jinx it !

  5. Sue says:

    Come on Willian… get off the mark!

    1. Kedar says:

      Or at least another assist

  6. Adega Olatunji says:

    What is Willian looking for in this game?

    1. Angus says:

      Technical and tactical soundness. Funny enough everything Marinelli needs to learn but also tends to go over most fans heads.

      1. Angus says:

        I believe Martinelli will learn it but he needs time. His attitude and mental side is spot on way beyond my maturity at that age but he still was playing and being trained by lower league Brazil prior to signing for us.

  7. Ackshay says:

    One of the dirtiest player in this league couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke.

  8. Vinod says:

    Anyone had a heart attack seeing the tackle by Xhaka?

  9. Kedar says:

    Steady guys

  10. siamois says:

    Off side !

  11. Palash says:

    Why are we getting nervous now ? Lol wtf

    1. Kedar says:

      Yes… We are really nervous right now..

  12. SueP says:

    Thank you thank you thank you

    1. siamois says:

      You said it!😅

      1. SueP says:

        My nerves, Siamois

  13. Thebush says:

    What the flat is wrong with you guys… 2-1 up AND a player up should be bossing the game, instead of being a nervous pile of rubbish

    1. siamois says:

      You never know what’s going to happen when a team goes down to 10 players.

      1. SueP says:

        Very true
        It’s nail biting stuff now

    2. Angus says:

      4 shots all game. 1 was the freekick the and 1 was the follow up. They hit the post, we hit it twice, gabriel blocked the follow up. We’ve had 13 shots and missed 1 clear cut chance.

  14. EDU says:

    We were so good playing 11 men Tottenham, they reduced to 10 boom we are rubbish. How this team contrive to mess up.

  15. EDU says:

    We should have been 11 vs 11 cheees!

  16. Ackshay says:

    That’s the result of past mistakes, after that burnley it was expected.

  17. siamois says:

    Can’t watch le last 5 minutes sorry

  18. Mark says:

    Spurs had a man sent off and now appears to be playing with 15 men on the pitch..

    1. SueP says:

      So often the way

  19. Thebush says:

    Oh no, thats almost a penalty

  20. Gmv8 says:

    This is so ridiculous – which side has 10 men? We’ve been handed so much good luck – what the hell are we doing why take your best players off??????

  21. Sue says:

    Blow the whistle

  22. Sue says:

    Thank god for that!!!! 🔴 Sweet Caroline!!

  23. SueP says:

    Well done Arsenal and well done Arteta

  24. Skills1000 says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh. 3 points finally

  25. Phenom says:

    Got my prediction right. Arteta has one over Mourinho.

    I gave Arsenal 3-1 last Thursday too. COYG!!

    1. Sue says:

      Well done, Phenom!! You’re on a roll…

      1. Phenom says:

        So sweet to get one over them Sue. Odegaard, Partey and Xhaka seized the midfield.

        My MOTM is Odegaard again. Boy is good.

        1. Sue says:

          It is indeed!! Been a long time coming!! Gonna have sweet dreams tonight 😊
          He is, Phenom, very good 👌

  26. Pepe says:

    Arteta’s sub looks the worst in whole of EPL completely useless

    1. Angus says:

      Fake fan. Even Spurs fans in their period of being totally dominated by us knew to suspend their agendas for the NLD. We just won (insert insult here.)

    2. SueP says:

      Pepe
      We won
      You are not usually this negative

      1. Pepe says:

        The game was so good from start till the red card
        Arteta doing a good job
        So many positives today
        Was really a dominant display
        I enjoyed everything prior to the red where spurs started looking like they had more men than us….
        But my goodness what was that sub’s for playing against 10 men?

  27. Angus says:

    What you think of Tottenham?

      1. Angus says:

        What you think of 💩?

        1. Sue says:

          Tottenham 😝

          1. Angus says:

            Thank you!!!!!

          2. Sue says:

            That’s alright 😉
            We hate Tottenham x 6….. I’ll leave the last line just for you…. 😝

  28. Skills1000 says:

    One thing about Mou is he sets up teams that are very difficult to beat. wow. that was a game

    1. SueP says:

      Squeaky bum time at the end but what a cracking game.
      No sideways or backwards slow build up
      YAY!

  29. siamois says:

    Delighted with the win but more importantly with the way we played COYG!

    1. Sue says:

      👍 Awesome, Siamois!!

      1. siamois says:

        It is Sue👍

  30. No2No2 says:

    What on earth happened during the last 15 minutes? It seems all our players forgot how to play the absolute basics of football. They were nervous, wasteful.. bad and it was like we were the ones who just got a red card.

  31. Dboy says:

    We bossed that game. Last minutes were nervy. The guys just didn’t want to give it away. Nice play You Gunners!!!

  32. Sid says:

    North London is Red!!! Great win today! Was helping with the cooking so missed most of the match, and when I tuned in Spurs were playing really well for being a man down. So Imma trust all your reactions and celebrate!😁😁
    Ps- The Auba situation and Marti situation is strange but Mikel is getting the results so lets get behind him!
    COYG!

    1. siamois says:

      They want the Auba situation to overshadow our win Laca handled it well when asked about it!

      1. Sid says:

        Yeah I felt so. I think MA is protecting Marti. It may feel too much but what do I know? Also there are many examples of great young players booming one season, getting injured and then fading..

    2. Sue says:

      What were you cooking Sid? Spuds? 😝
      Fantastic result!!

      1. Sid says:

        Glad we cooked those roosters😂😂 what a great feeling to wake up into Monday!

    3. SueP says:

      Sid
      What a game it was and nervy for the last quarter of an hour
      AND
      You need to sort out your home cooking management when we’re playing the enemy 😊

      1. Sid says:

        Yeah was really nervous for that last 15 minutes! That Kane freekick had me almost crying out in pain😅😅
        The boys decided to cook today. Unlucky that I missed Arsenal cooking those roosters but atleast we both cooked well 😂😂
        COYG!

    4. Angus says:

      Quick reminder had we beaten Burnley twice and Wolves in games we should of won even with red cards (xG was in our favour despite the mistakes we’d be 5th with a game in hand right now over Chelsea 1 point aboce so yes we and Arteta have been unlucky (We also should of beat Liverpool, drawn City, Drawn Leicester earlier too.) Get on board. Pep was blowing gas when he praised us, he sees what i see the organisation and the insane bad luck.

      1. Angus says:

        Wasn’t meant to be a reply, reposted.

        1. Pepe says:

          You make your own luck
          There is no ifs in football… It is either this or that
          It is what it is
          We could have lost some games too

      2. Sid says:

        I know not a reply for my post but I am very much in agreement with your post. We have been unlucky with some decisions, some players suddenly catching bad form like the cold and missing easy chances, injuries etc…

  33. Joe. S says:

    I don’t know. I have this unsatisfied feeling dispute the win. Arsenal should have gone for the kill with an extra man but totally lost control. Still scratching my head as to why. Poor leadership from the middle three? Ineffective substitutions? Negative vibes from the manager? Whatever it was it was the final whistle which saved the points rather than Arsenal’s control. Relief more than anything. Sorry to spoil the party.

    1. Dboy says:

      A team losing and down to 10 man can be very dangerous. They actually have nothing to lose.

  34. Dboy says:

    Auba turned up late and was dropped to bench. Well done MA!

    What example is he setting for the young guns?

  35. Gogo says:

    A good win. I’ll take a controversial win over the spuds. Was that a pen? Well VAR has been bad to us but today? I think they have decided to repay us.

    1. Dboy says:

      No they didn’t, it was a ligit penalty.

    2. FootballisTrivial says:

      What the eff? Reckless challenge and nowhere near the ball. That’s a penalty all day long.

  36. All Gunz Blazin' says:

    Arsenal Before Willian Came On: WONDERFUL

    Arsenal After Willian Came On: Simply Awful.

  37. siamois says:

    This might be the right opportunity for MA to give the armband to someone else as much as i like Auba i don’t think he is captain material and would love to see a change who agrees?

    1. Pepe says:

      We have more pressing issues than worrying about who wears the armband

  38. Angus says:

    Quick reminder had we beaten Burnley twice and Wolves in games we should of won even with red cards (xG was in our favour despite the mistakes we’d be 5th with a game in hand right now over Chelsea 1 point aboce so yes we and Arteta have been unlucky (We also should of beat Liverpool, drawn City, Drawn Leicester earlier too.) Get on board. Pep was blowing gas when he praised us, he sees what i see the organisation and the insane bad luck.

    1. Angus says:

      Quick reminder had we beaten Burnley twice and Wolves in games we should of won even with red cards (xG was in our favour despite the mistakes) we’d be 5th with a game in hand right now over Chelsea 1 point above. So yes we and Arteta have been unlucky (We also should of beat Liverpool, drawn City, drawn Leicester earlier too.) Get on board. Pep wasn’t blowing gas when he praised us, he sees what i see the organisation and the insane bad luck.

      (minor mistakes pretty drunk right now)

      1. Pepe says:

        What are you talking about
        There is no had it been
        Had it been spurs equalized
        Had it been Burnley won the game when they ran through on goal, had it been wastham beat us after dominating the whole game
        Bro. There is nothing like that in football
        You make your own luck and after the game it is what it is

        1. Angus says:

          Talking xG as in the most reliable predictor of results. Not saying if but or maybe saying that on average Crystal Palace would of scored those goals. You literally have no idea what your replying to.

          1. Angus says:

            added note our xG was above West Hams when we beat them so no they didn’t get unlucky was to be expected.

          2. Angus says:

            The end of this argument is either our attackers Saka, Auba, Laca.. etc are bottom half strikers incapable of scoring average chance or that we got unlucky repeatedly (reality) great thing about this is neither reflects on Arteta either our attackers are bottom half quality or we got unlucky. No ifs not buts

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