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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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1,579 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    WHAT A GOAL LACA

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Lol, he slipped and it was deflected

      1. Random Name
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 17 days ago

        Haters gonna hate

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 17 days ago

        Agreed. Although it's still massive.

    2. Random Name
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Beautiful

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Dier OG!

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Nah, it was on target.

  3. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Is Lacazette an option instead of Auba?

    1. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      No

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Wait a weeekkk

  4. TAT
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Yessssss!

  5. Fantastisk
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 17 days ago

    YESSSSS

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Random Name in
    3
    2
    1
    ...

  7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Best game of the season by far

    1. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Yup

  8. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Wowser

  9. Random Name
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    LACABOOOOOOOOOM!!!

    1. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      lol

    2. TAT
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Gotta love Laca!

  10. TAT
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Laca AND Auba anyone? Can do it for -4!

    1. Bookkeeper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      knee jerk central

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 17 days ago

        Fan central!

  11. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Kane out of the BAPS again.

    1. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 17 days ago

      He shouldn't have been anywhere near a bap anyway

  12. Maddamotha
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    The question is, Lacca or Abbu on WC?

  13. Deulofail
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    I love Foyth

  14. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Laca over auba

  15. F4L
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    game and a half

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

    OMG torriera

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 17 days ago

      LOL

  17. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    4-2

  18. pundit of punts
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    I think Laca is more value than Auba.

    Laca would have also taken the pen if on the pitch.

    1. Stoic
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      No

    2. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Auba seems the obvious choice after that but Will Auba revert to left/right if both him and lacca started?

      Seems to happen last 15-20

  19. Waynoo
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    omg rip Spurs defence

  20. Jekori
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Ramsey would be a nice player to have if he didn't got left out that much because of contracts.

  21. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Auba assist

  22. Syd.
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    4-2

    lol

    What a smashing game

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

    What a game

  24. Fred54
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Torrera G

  25. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    TOREIRA G
    AUBA A

  26. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    GAME OF THE SEASON

  27. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 17 days ago

    TORREIRA XXXXX

  28. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Which one for GW 15?

    A) Kane + Vardy
    (No Aguero, Eriksen in GW 16)

    B) Aguero + Eriksen
    (No Vardy, Kane in GW 16)

  29. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    Ramsey is back!

    1. Fred54
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 17 days ago

      Like I said cheapest assists you will ever see.

  30. PAL
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 17 days ago

    I just can't get enough of Lucas Torreira.