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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. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Disagree with Vertonghen‘s second yellow.

    1. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Haha what?! He stood on his ankle ffs.

    2. Podge
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Took his ankle with studs up. I disagree too it should have been a straight red.

    3. TAT
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Whaaat?!

    4. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      I agree. Follow through part of a sliding tackle. Accidental. Won ball. No yellow card.

    5. the axolotl
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Not even a free imo

    6. Ross From Friends
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Disgrace it wasn't a straight red you mean

    7. Jack Frost
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      So you don't want any sliding tackles in the game, if you want a card for that.

    8. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Poor humour, sorry. That’s a yellow all day. Brutal day for Vertonghen.

  2. Bookkeeper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Foyth 5.1m

    1. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      5.1 too much.

    2. Ross From Friends
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      I wouldn't get him if he was 3.9

  3. Wirbelwind
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Brace for disappointment when Auba is rotated

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Yeah not like he's capable of scoring from the bench.

    2. Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Earlier this season he got 2 braces in under 30mins each...

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      He's as good off the bench.

    4. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Which Manager will Rotate a player who scores 2 goals and 1 assist

      1. dvdguy
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 19 days ago

        Mou says hi

    5. Wirbelwind
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Fair points.

      Brace for a rollercoaster of emotions when Auba is rotated and scores as he comes on.

    6. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      With United next? Nope

  4. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Kane only 19 touches today

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Yet people will still pay £12.3m for him and spurn Auba because he’s not ‘nailed on’.

  5. Lucackadoodledoo
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Harry winks actin the hard man lol

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Bellerin also. Two handbag salesmen. Wouldn't want either of them next to me in the trenches.

    2. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      The irony of Winks moaning about an Arsenal player diving hahaha

  6. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Lads, it's Tottenham

  7. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on what to do with this team? 2 FTs, 1.5 ITB and will WC in GW16

    Fabianski - 4.0
    Alonso - TAA - Doherty - Digne - AWB
    Salah - Hazard - Richarlison - Maddison - 4.3
    Aguero - Arnautovic - Wilson

    Thanks guys!

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      I did Aguero and Haz to Sterling and Auba

      1. TaiwanHC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 19 days ago

        Rumors say that sterling will be benched next GW

        1. The Head-Ake
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 19 days ago

          I haven't done the Sterling move yet but lost Kun for sure. Wait for confirmation on his status

  8. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Kane is too soft...

    1. Podge
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Way overrated

  9. Fantastisk
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 19 days ago

    How do spurs fans collectively look so sickly and unwell? Always amazes me.

  10. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone planning on keeping Kun one more GW? If not, Auba or Kane, and why?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Kun for one more week then Auba

      1. french holiday
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 19 days ago

        Kun wont be available next week...see pep comments ...Jesus was subbed out for that reason

    2. Numb
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Maybe one more week

    3. french holiday
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Aguero even if fit has 2 away fixtures and we know his form.
      Auba looks like he is in a rich vein of form with fixtures.
      Kane too exp and too soft.

    4. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      If he's fit yeah

    5. Wirbelwind
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Probably going for Auba right away

  11. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    & a new template team emerges with city mids, Aubameyang & possibly Kane

  12. The Big Fella
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Want to wildcard but really not sure who to bring in now..........

  13. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Arsenal has been missing an intimidator like Kolasinac for years.

  14. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Xhaka dive. It’s contagious.

  15. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Who to get, Kane or Auba?

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Auba

  16. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    What a great game. Best PL derby Ive seen in a long time. Good to see the players actually care for once. Happens rarely these days.

  17. Steinburg FC
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    not a yellow but doesn't excuse the second half performance, let the arsenal fans have their day its been a while...

    1. CaTriEm
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      It was a poor challenge.

  18. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Tottenham vs Soton with bounce back ? Harry Kane hattie incoming ?

    Auba vs United blank 1-0 Felle

  19. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Every Arsenal shot goes in lol

    1. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      About ten mins ago we had had 18 shots so no.

  20. El Fenomeno R9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Why players dont fight 1 vs 1 after game outside of stadium,what is this circus hold me i will punch him.

  21. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Strange season, Auba now top scoring striker but his price dropped 0.1M since the start lol

  22. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    WTF 6 mins injury time when score is 4-2 ???

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  23. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Hard to fit kane, sterling and auba without the midfield being too weak dont you think?

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Don’t bother with Kane then.

      Simples.

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 19 days ago

        Not really. Im going kane over auba.

    2. Bookkeeper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Ssssh. let them all tear up their teams.

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Son Richarlsion Fraser aint to bad

    4. Podge
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Think Kane is a bit too dear

  24. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    No one owns Auba and Sterling. What a ticket that has been towards top 5K

  25. KingOllie
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Where are all the fools who were laughing when i said Arsenal were gonna spank spurs????

    1. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      nothing better than seeing these tossers get flogged

      1. KingOllie
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 19 days ago

        Not even Mike dean can help these dossers

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 19 days ago

      To be fair Arsenal have looked poor in many games. Wasn’t expecting this.

  26. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    EVE 4 - LIV 2 incoming..

  27. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone see if Alli, Eriksen or Son played well?

    1. Fantastisk
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 19 days ago

      Son better at diving than football.

  28. tm245
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Is it
    Kane and Aguero 15
    Kane and Auba 16?

  29. Indpush
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Fun game!

  30. Maddamotha
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 19 days ago

    Are baps for the Chelsea game final?