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How Arsenal could line up against Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for their EFL Cup quarter-final with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

Seventeen days on from their rousing 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, Arsenal will look to do it all over again at the Emirates Stadium when they welcome their North London rivals in the EFL Cup.

The Gunners came roaring back to beat their neighbours in thrilling fashion on that occasion, and a repeat on Wednesday will see them through to the semi-finals of the competition.

However, they are coming into the match off the back of a shock 3-2 defeat at Southampton at the weekend - a result which ended their 22-game unbeaten streak across all competitions.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Unai Emery could set his side up for the derby.



Possible ARS XI vs. TOT

Out: Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Rob Holding (knee), Emile Smith Rowe (hip), Hector Bellerin (calf), Danny Welbeck (ankle)
Doubtful: Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Sead Kolasinac (quadriceps)

Emery must strike the balance between the usual rotation policy for this competition and the fact that this is both a quarter-final and a North London derby, all while competing against a growing injury list.

A makeshift three-man defence including Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner at centre-back did not work against Southampton, but Arsenal are boosted by the return of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from suspension for this one.

A lack of other options may mean that Laurent Koscielny is forced to start a second match in the space of just four days despite only recently returning from an injury layoff, although Nacho Monreal is an option in the middle should Ainsley Maitland-Niles start on the left.

Emery does have more luxuries further up the field, where players with the quality of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey can come into the team having not started at the weekend.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice at St Mary's and will hope that is enough to retain his place in the team, although Eddie Nketiah provides another option should Emery go for youth.

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

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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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