After Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur last weekend in one of the English football derbies of the new EPL season, another London derby will see Arsenal play host to Tottenham Hotspur in a mouthwatering game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 26th September.
Ahead of the match at Emirates Stadium, North London, 4:30pm (GMT +1), Let's look at Both Teams news, their previous meeting, their recent forms and likely formations for both teams.
Arsenal Team Updates
Mohamed Elney is obviously out with a hamstring injury but is recovering well. Grant Xhaka is back after serving the last match of his three-match suspension against Manchester City.
Arsenal Available Squad
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno, Aaron Ramsdale, Arthus Okonkwo
Defenders: Ben White, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Cedric, Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinic,Nuno Tavares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney.
Midfielders: Grant Xhaka, Emile Smith Rowe, Maitland Niles, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Bukoya Saka.
Forwards: Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, Aubemyang, Nicolas Pepe, Falorin Balogun, Eddie Nketiah.
Tottenham Hotspur Team Updates
Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn are out through injuries, while Son Heung-min is back having played in the weekend and partly on Wednesday. J. Tanganga is also back after his red card against Crystal Palace.
GoalKeepers: Hugo Lloris, Pierluigi Gollini.
Defenders: Cristian Romero, Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Matt Doherty, Joe Rodin, Sergio Regullion, Emerson, Tobi omole, Malachi Walcott, J. Tanganga.
Midfielders: Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Oliver Skill, Tanguy Ndombele, P. Hoejbjerg, Nile John.
Forwards: Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dane Scarlett, Bryan Gil.
Recent Meetings Between Arsenal And Tottenham Hotspur, And Their Recent Forms.
Arsenal have lost one(1) and won two(2) of the past three home fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are on a three winning streak in all competitions since their 5-0 loss at Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham are unbeaten in 5 of their last 6 games against Arsenal in all competitions. Nuno Espirito will need to improve his side's performance after making it through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup through Penalty Shootouts against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday. They lost against Chelsea in last weekend league match, after a 2-2 draw away to Rennes in the inaurgural Europa Conference league.
Likely Formations For Both Teams
Mikel Arteta is likely to pot for a 4-2-3-1 formation against a very strong Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Ramsdale is likely to return in goal after Bernd Leno played in the league Cup on Wednesday. At the back four, Takehiro Tomiyasu in the right side defence, while Kieran Tierney starts from the left side. At the heart of the defence, the partnership of Benjamin White and Gabriel Magalhaes is likely to continue. In the two man deep midfield, Thomas Partey is likely to be joined by the returning Grant Xhaka. Martin Odegaard in the No.10 role, with Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe operating from the left and right flanks respectively. Aubemeyang is likely to be start ahead of Lacazette.
Arsenal 4-2-3-1 formation
Arsenal 4-1-2-1-2 formation
Nuno Espirito has preferred a 4-3-3 Formations for lowly oppositions but would change to 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 against bigger opponent. Against Chelsea last weekend, he used 4-1-2-1-2, is likely to use either of the formations against the bigger teams so far against Arsenal on Sunday. Sergio Regullion, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and Ben Davies in the back four. In the deep Midfield, the defensive duo of Harry Winks and P. Hoejbjerg is likely to start while In the more central area, the attacking three man tactics may include Dele Alli in the middle, flanked by Bryan Gil and Son Heung-min, while Harry Kane spearhead the attack.
Tottenham 4-2-3-1 formation
Tottenham 4-1-2-1-2 formation
Predicted Match Result
A North London derby is always a time for bragging rights for the home and visiting supporters. Tottenham Hotspur started the league season well but have flattered and will be hoping to beat the Gunners in their own home to make a strong statement. However, Arsenal have got to claim this one after a raising confidence in the past three matches. Both teams are likely give a very tight and cagey performance on Sunday, with the match very likely to end in a 2-2 draw.
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