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Lacazette on the bench as Emery sticks with a three-man defence

Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur in a 14:05 GMT kick-off at the Emirates in what will be Unai Emery’s first taste of a north London derby.

The Gunners are unbeaten in the league since Gameweek 2, while Spurs are on a five-match winning run away from home in the top flight.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.6m) – the most-sold FPL forward of this round of fixtures – has recovered from the groin injury that forced him to miss last Sunday’s win over Bournemouth but is only among the substitutes, with Emery naming the same team that defeated the Cherries on the south coast.

That means Arsenal will once again line up in a 3-4-2-1, with Hector Bellerin (£5.4m) and Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m) deployed as wing-backs, and Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£6.7m) supporting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) in attack.

Mesut Ozil (£8.2m) is not in the match-day squad, with Arsenal reporting that the German midfielder is suffering with a back spasm.

Mauricio Pochettino has made only one change from the side that defeated Chelsea in Gameweek 13, with Juan Foyth (£5.0m) replacing Jan Vertonghen (£5.9m) in defence.

That means starts for Dele Alli (£8.9m), Son Heung-min (£8.3m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.2m), as well as Harry Kane (£12.3m) in attack.

Kieran Trippier (£6.1m), as expected, is missing through injury.

Despite their unbeaten run, Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet since the 2-0 win over Watford in Gameweek 7.

Goals haven’t been a problem for the Gunners, though: Emery’s troops have scored at least two goals in ten of their 13 league fixtures this season.

This is Spurs’ ninth away league fixture of the season and most of Kane’s attacking returns (five goals, two assists) have come on the road.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Sokratis, Holding, Mustafi; Bellerin, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Mkhitaryan; Aubameyang.

Spurs XI: Lloris; Aurier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Sissoko; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane.

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  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Foyth to give away a pen

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Trippier ain't playing. He'll be safe IMO

  2. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    The Audition game

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Where's Simon Cowell when you need him

  3. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Come on Kane

  4. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Is he listening to Boom Shaka Laca?

  5. FlockofSeagulls
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    You think having Sterling, Sane, Son and Shaqiri all in the same midfield is too risky?

    1. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Shaquiri is a minutes risk.

      1. Marvin.com
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Sorry for the spelling.

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Yes

  6. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Kane cappers unite 🙂

  7. Arctic monkeys
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Hazard Mané Richarlison F.Anderson. Who would you lose for Sané ?

    1. Toby Lerone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Mane

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Playing Burnley next, are you sure?

  8. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Still not sure whether to get rid of Haza , his fixtures after city look pleasant on paper, auba's look better though.. :/

  9. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone considering Holding?

    1. TheTinman
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Koscielny back soon. Will he still start?

    2. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      There is a joke here if someone's bright enough.

      1. Kasper the ghost keeper
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Hold on, someone will get it

        1. Marvin.com
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Not bad.

  10. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    People hating on Alonso. Strange. The only times he has blanked (2pts or less) this season are:

    CAR, LIV, MUN, tot

    You would probably only expect more points from the Cardiff game out of those.

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      So far = 2nd for overall points, 2nd for value. He's staying for me

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      I may finally get him after Man City 😮

  11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Auba heads over

  12. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Arsenal are gonna get tonked

  13. TheTinman
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Goals almost guaranteed here I think

  14. seewhyaxe
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Worth getting Kola?

    1. Dead Lift
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Yeah

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Could be great if Emery persists with WB's, I'm in the market with money itb to replace Jonny so he fits the bill nicely in a couple of GWs time!

  15. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Audition for me boys (Kane, namely)

  16. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Ings to Arnautovic for -4?

    1. Sánchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Should be worth it over next month

  17. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Aurier going mad at foyth

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Penalty

  19. L'Aeroplanino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    PEN

  20. Demigod Mendy
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Aurier losing his s*it on Foyth.

  21. seewhyaxe
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Wow Mike Dean awarding a penalty to Arsenal?!?!?!?!?!?!

    The world has changed!

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      This

  22. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    OMG auba

  23. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Auba G
    Xhaka A

  24. PAL
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    AUBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  25. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Is 52 points with Salah (C), Richarlison and TAA any good?

    1. Unliklinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      So bad I would quit and never come here again

    2. MMN
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      It’s a huge green arrow

  26. EgyptianKing
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Think Robertson starts today?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Derby. Definitely.

  27. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Welcome to the team Pierre emerick auba

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      He scored a pen, calm down lol

      1. MMN
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Who normally takes pens?

  28. L'Aeroplanino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Mike Dean giving Arsenal a peanlty. Is this real?

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Must be dreaming! 😀

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Nice one mate

  29. Stevie B
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Hazard -> Sane or Mane?

    Other transfer would be Agüero -> Kane.