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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. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone here owns Auba?

    Maybe Kun to him not to Kane

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Nope, but have preferred him to Kane all season

  2. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Is now really a good time to bring in Auba? A defensive Man U away up next...

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Of course. United are all over the place

    2. J T
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Keep Kun till end of the week I think

    3. dvdguy
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Kept one CS all season

  3. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    I wonder if Ramsey gets back in the starting XI

  4. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 16 days ago

    anyone seen kane lately ;))

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

    Vertonghen red

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      He's had an awful match.

  6. JCrosbie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    2nd Dec 2018 15:36
    Auba Kane Richarlison Sterling

    In for

    Wilson Aguero Salah Hazard

    8pt hit?

    Have exact funds...

    1. JCrosbie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      The repost caught me out ha

    2. The Head-Ake
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Wait till Livpool game is all I can say. Salah might change your mind. Else yes. Not too sure of Kane too

      1. JCrosbie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks

  7. Fred54
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Vert RED CARD (2 yellows).

  8. Numb
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Kane probably needs a rest to be fair

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Vertonghen off

    Good news for Spurs.

  10. Superballzzz
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Pleased for emery and arsenal.. Dier gave it the big one first half with his finger over his lips.. spurs are good.. but arrogant.. arsenal have been so spirited. The midget in the middle of the park terriera been immense

  11. Bam Bam Bigelow
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Vertonghoff

    1. the Penman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      This is quality content right here.

  12. dvdguy
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    RED

  13. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Laca injured....makes Auba in decison easy

  14. TAT
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Justice!

  15. Bat Man
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Does Auba get rotated much?

  16. Bookkeeper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Foyth nailed!!

  17. Superballzzz
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Auba over Kane is a given

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Until Kane gets a brace

  18. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Front three of Auba - Kane - Aguero

    With Sterling - Salah - Hazard

    Seems the way to go between now and Xmas.....

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Only possible in heaven...

    2. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      0 team balance

    3. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Wish I'd have thought of that
      🙂

  19. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Nice one Kane.Now no chance of being rested and bounceback needed.90 mins midweek vs the worst side in the league guaranteed . Can't ask for better than that

    1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      So how will you fit Auba and kane now

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 16 days ago

        Get Kane this week and cap him.Get aubs on wc gw16

    2. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      How do you figure that?

  20. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    I cant hide behind sofa now... if i dont own Auba and Laza

  21. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Foyth nailed for Cardiff.

    Patterson time!

  22. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Word of caution - Arsenal at home are immense.

    Since the start of the 2017/18 season, the only teams Arsenal have lost to at home are Man City (twice) and Man Utd. This includes beating Spurs at home last season (and this season most likely).

    Since the start of the 2016/17 season, Arsenal have not beaten a Top 6 team away from home managing only a draw with Chelsea (0-0) and Man Utd (1-1).

  23. tm245
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Wow

  24. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Ridiculous decision. Won the ball cleanly and of course there will be follow through in a tackle. And no, I'm not a Spurs fan.

    1. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Dangerous follow-throughs are dangerous

  25. Deulofail
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Foyth essential

  26. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 16 days ago

    No Vertoghen next GW...i smell a Armstrong goal

  27. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Very annoying. Was planning on getting Aubameyang while everyone got Kane. Now everyone will get him!

    1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      This .............. 🙁

    2. french holiday
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Many did Kane in before this GW.

    3. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Yeah yeah.....

  28. Nabs Kebabs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Have got 6.8m in the bank lol..with the plan to bring in Kane(for Kun) next GW and Auba the week after vs Huddersfield for Wilson. Thankfully that plan actually looks ok

    1. Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Do that. Good plan.

    2. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      I got the same plan but made mistake not getting kane or Auba this week

  29. Taegugk Warrior
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 16 days ago

    After this match... will you still try to find the cash to Kun > Kane, or straight forward Kun > Auba...?

    1. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Million dollar question (which is exactly what I need to fund Kane)

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Will wait for news on Aguero

  30. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 16 days ago

    Hope this Auba performance wil stop Kane buyers.

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      I hope they keep buying Kane and leave Auba alone.

      I’ve been saying for over a week now that Auba is the one I’m getting on my WC. May just get him tonight now instead of Kun.

      Auba is essential.

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      Thisss

    3. Konig Luther
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 16 days ago

      and Kane remains differential?