Emery should start this crucial player – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal XI to face Tottenham Hotspur


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Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal XI to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League

Arsenal stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games across all competitions with a 3-0 win over Vorskla in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League, thanks to goals from youngsters Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock.

Unai Emery’s men edged past Bournemouth with a hard-fought 2-1 win last week in the Premier League but they will face a tough test this Sunday when they play host to north London rivals Spurs.

Spurs are currently on a high after an emphatic 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League last week followed by a 1-0 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League and the Gunners will have to be at the top of their game to maintain their unbeaten run.

Arsenal currently sit 5th in the standings while Spurs are placed 3rd, just a couple of points ahead of the Gunners.

Team News

Nacho Monreal (thigh) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are sidelined with injuries and won’t be back before the middle of December while Laurent Koscielny is back from his long-term Achilles injury and will be pushing for a return.

Alexandre Lacazette has recovered from his groin injury and is likely to feature in the derby while Danny Welbeck is a long-term absentee with an ankle injury.

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Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Unai Emery

Predicted XI

1. Bernd Leno (GK)

The German made some good saves in the last game and has always been a reliable presence between the sticks.

2. Sead Kolasinac (GK)

The Bosnian had a very good game against Bournemouth and Emery should continue to rely on him in the absence of Nacho Monreal.

3. Shkodran Mustafi (CB)

He was a bit rash and reckless in the last game and Arsenal will need him to rise to the occasion on Sunday to counter the threat of Harry Kane.

4. Sokratis (CB)

He used his physicality very well against Bournemouth and Arsenal will need him to do the same on Sunday.

5. Hector Bellerin (RB)

The Spaniard has always been a lively presence down the flanks, solid at the back and has contributed a lot to the build-up play with his fluent passing.

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6. Granit Xhaka (CDM)

He was guilty of giving the ball away at times against Bournemouth and he cannot afford to do the same against Spurs on Sunday.

7. Lucas Torreira (CDM)

The Uruguayan has been a standout figure for the Gunners this term in the Premier League and his tenacity, tackling and distribution will be key to Arsenal’s success on Sunday.

8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RW)

He was a bit below-par against Bournemouth and will need to improve considerably this week.

9. Mesut Ozil (CAM)

The German wizard hasn’t featured in the last few games but Emery is likely to rely on his creativity for this one.

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10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW)

He scored his 8th goal of the Premier League against Bournemouth and will be expected to play from the flanks to accommodate Lacazette in the eleven.

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11. Alexandre Lacazette (ST)

The Frenchman should be back from his injury to spearhead Arsenal’s attack on Sunday and the Gunners will need him to fire on all cylinders if they are to get the better of their rivals.

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