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Arsenal team news: Predicted XI vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for Sunday's North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur as Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny push for returns.

Arsenal's 18-match unbeaten streak across all competitions will face two stringent tests in the space of three days at the beginning of December, starting with the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Gunners have quickly found their identity under Unai Emery and sit just one point off the Champions League places with a third of the season gone ahead of a double-header against Spurs and Manchester United.

Victory at the Emirates on Sunday would see Arsenal draw level on points with their neighbours and leapfrog them on goal difference, but they are coming up against a Spurs side in good form themselves.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the hosts could line up for the derby.



Possible ARS XI vs. TOT

Out: Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Konstantinos Mavropanos (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (ankle)
Doubtful: Alexandre Lacazette (groin), Laurent Koscielny (Achilles)

Emery is hopeful of having Alexandre Lacazette back to lead the line after missing the win over Bournemouth last weekend with a groin injury, and his return would push Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - the match-winner at the Vitality Stadium - further out wide.

Mesut Ozil was a notable absentee from that match, with Emery later confirming that the opposition was too demanding for him, but the former Germany international is expected to come back in for the derby nonetheless.

Laurent Koscielny is nearing his senior return from an Achilles injury, although it would be a surprise if he was thrown straight in for his first appearance since May in such a high-profile fixture.

Konstantinos Mavropanos and Nacho Monreal are both expected back later in December but this match will come too soon for them, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the most likely candidate to start alongside Shkodran Mustafi given that Rob Holding played in the Europa League in midweek.

Emery was able to rest the vast majority of his senior players during that 3-0 win over Vorskla Poltava, though, and is expected to make a full 11 changes for the visit of Spurs this weekend.

> Click here to see how Tottenham Hotspur could line up for this fixture

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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