How we expect Arsenal to lineup against Tottenham


rsenal have been hit with a selection crisis ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham.

The Gunners could be without 11 players due to illness, injury, international duty and suspension.

It has led to fears the game could be postponed, but if it goes ahead Mikel Arteta has some big calls to make.

Midfield is a real problem area, with Albert Sambi Lokonga the only fit, senior central midfielder available following Granit Xhaka’s red card at Liverpool.

Ben White or Calum Chambers seem like the most obvious candidates to step up, but Arteta could revert to a back-three and play Bukayo Saka in there.

Going forward, Arsenal are limited on options and the fact Folarin Balogun left on loan this week has not helped their cause.

Arsenal likely XI (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; White, Lokonga; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli; Nketiah.

Sunday 4.30pm GMT, Sky Sports

Venue: Tottenham Hostspur Stadium

Arsenal squad from: Leno, Ramsdale, Okonkwo; Cedric, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Kolasinac, Mari, Tavares, Tierney, Tomiyasu, White; Lokonga, Patino, Saka, Smith Rowe; Lacazette, Martinelli, Nketiah.

Injured: Odegaard (Covid-19)

Doubts: Cedric, Kolasinac (hamstring), Saka, Smith Rowe (groin), Tomiyasu (calf)

Unavailable: Aubameyang (AFCON), Elneny (AFCON), Partey (AFCON), Pepe (AFCON), Xhaka (suspended)


By Malvi