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

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

      1. 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.

  2. 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. 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.

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

  4. 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??????

  5. Got my prediction right. Arteta has one over Mourinho.

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

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

        My MOTM is Odegaard again. Boy is good.

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

    1. 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.)

      1. 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?

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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. 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..

    1. 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. 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!

    2. 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. 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

      1. 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…

  10. 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.

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

    What example is he setting for the young guns?

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

  13. Arsenal Before Willian Came On: WONDERFUL

    Arsenal After Willian Came On: Simply Awful.

  14. 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?

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

          2. 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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