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How Arsenal could line up against Tottenham Hotspur

How Arsenal could line up against Tottenham
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Arsenal could line up for Sunday's Premier League North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes to have everyone fit and available for Sunday's Premier League North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Gunners boss will welcome Granit Xhaka back from a three-game suspension this weekend, while Kieran Tierney should be fine to feature despite a cramp scare against Burnley.

Arteta refused to give anything away regarding his goalkeeping selection for the derby, but Aaron Ramsdale has kept two clean sheets in two Premier League games for the Gunners and should retain his place over Bernd Leno.

It is no surprise to see Arsenal's upturn in defensive fortunes coincide with Arteta having his first-choice backline available, as Tierney joins Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu in the rearguard.

Xhaka's return could spell trouble for Albert Sambi Lokonga in the midfield three, with the Switzerland captain likely to come back in alongside Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard this week.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe will continue to provide support from the flanks, with Nicolas Pepe set to drop out of the side and Eddie Nketiah unlikely to be considered despite his cheeky flick against AFC Wimbledon.

Alexandre Lacazette boasts four goals from his last six North London derbies in the Premier League, but the Frenchman is struggling to displace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up top, and that trend is set to continue here.

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard; Saka, Aubameyang, Smith Rowe

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