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Confirmed Lineups: Arsenal vs Spurs
The first North London derby of the season kicks off in under an hours time as Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the first Premier League game of the weekend.
Tottenham start the day joint-second in the table and four points above their North London rivals.
Arsène Wenger will be keen to get three points on the board, not just because of who his Arsenal are playing, but to make sure they don’t slip further behind the top four.
The two teams for this lunchtime game are as follows:
Petr Čech; Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal; Héctor Bellerín, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka; Sead Kolašinac; Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez; Alexandre Lacazette
Substitutes: David Ospina, Per Mertesacker, Francis Coquelin, Aisnley Maitland-Niles, Jack Wilshere, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck
Shkodran Mustafi is fit to start in the back three for the hosts with Per Mertesacker only named among the substitutes. It’s Aaron Ramsey who will partner Granit Xhaka in front of the defence in an attempt to defend against Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Wenger has gone with Alexandre Lacazette up front with Olivier Giroud an option from the bench. Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez will support the French striker with Jack Wilshere named among the substitutes.
Hugo Lloris; Eric Dier, Davinson Sánchez, Jan Vertonghen; Kieran Trippier, Mousa Dembélé, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies; Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen; Harry Kane
Substitutes: Michel Vorm, Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, Harry Winks, Heung-min Son, Fernando Llorente
No surprises named by Mauricio Pochettino in his Spurs starting lineup as Eric Dier is once again part of the back three in Toby Alderweireld’s absence.
Harry Winks is on the bench as Mousa Dembélé and Moussa Sissoko protect the back three with Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies the wingbacks.
Christian Eriksen scored a hat-trick for his country midweek to help Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup and should fancy his chances to get on the scoresheet again today as Arsenal’s defensive midfield partnership doesn’t look too strong on paper.
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