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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. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 20 days ago

    United have a worse defence than Tottenham.
    Auba will be a serioua captain candidate.

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Together with Sterling Kane Salah Mane Hazard

  2. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 20 days ago

    any chance Kane will be rested vs Soton after today loss ?

    1. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      hard to see Kane missing any games bar injury?

    2. Lemongrab
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      No chance

    3. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Yes. The have just dropped points and need a win so they will drop their top goalscorer.

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        😆 this cracked me up

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Yes, to fall even further behind the Top 4.

  3. Bialystrzelec
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Pick duo out of:

    1. Aguero
    2. Kane
    3. Aubameyang

    A. Alli
    B. Sane

    1. bitars
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      3B

    2. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 20 days ago

      2B

  4. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Against this defence even Gabbiadini can score midweek

  5. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 20 days ago

    WE HAVE OUR ARSENAL BACK

    1. KingOllie
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      I actually love football again. First time.in years

    2. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      That’s what was said after Liverpool

    3. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Ok

  6. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Auba or Laca?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      The good one.

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Laca?

    2. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      what's the argument for Laca? Auba has almost 30 points on him now

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Price

    3. Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Will Auba revert back to starting on the left or right? Lacca through the middle?

    4. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Both

  7. tm245
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Great win!

  8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    kane in needs a rethink

    Was very poor, scored a pen but apart from that hardly touched it

    1. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      maybe Auba then over Kane

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Arsenal away is probably the 4th hardest match in the PL behind MCI, LIV and CHE away.

    3. Good Kompany
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Credit to Arsenal for that... he’ll come good with the fixtures ahead

    4. Unliklinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Eriksen top of the Spurs bonus

  9. pundit of punts
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Aiming for this in 2 GWs.

    Patricio - Hamer
    Alonso - Trippier - TAA - AWB - Bennett
    Sterling - Sane - Richarlison - Brooks - Schneiderlin
    Kane - Aubameyang - Arnautovic

    Thoughts?

    1. KingOllie
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Trash team

      1. pundit of punts
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        😛

    2. Slippy
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Spurs can't defend so maybe downgrade trippier and upgrade brooks/schneiderlin. brooks may not start most games

  10. Bookkeeper
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Remember Harry Kane?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      *Winks

  11. mrwinner
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Harry Kane reminds me of Andy Carrol

  12. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Is Aguero likely to start mid-week ?

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Unknkown. Pep said something about Jesus and tuesday vs. https://twitter.com/10JoseAlvarez/status/1068890692783652864

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        That settles it. Thanks

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      You know full well that nobody knows the answer to this other than Pep. If you want a load of guesses based on nothing but speculation go ahead.

  13. noahzark22
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    jimenez and hazard to Siggy/Martial and auba?

    1. Unliklinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Just done those to Erkisen and Auba

  14. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    How did Kane look?

    1. bitars
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Like Benteke.

  15. PAL
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    19 unbeaten.
    London is red.
    COYG!

  16. XabiAlonso
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Think I'm doing Haz and aguero to auba and sane tonight. Sound moves?

    1. learnedlizard
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Totally. Doing the same cheers

    2. Superballzzz
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Boom

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Likely to do the same if any of them are having price changes, not sure if I want Sane or spurs midfielder though

    4. AC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Would hold of on the Aguero move until Pep presser can understand catching the sane price rise

  17. Superballzzz
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Tim sherwood what are you saying now? On the debate this week you said not one arsenal player would get in a combined 11 and arsenal just couldn’t win??? Tim???

    1. Marvin.com
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      I've found Tim Sherwood to be a bit of a fool when I've seen him to be honest.

    2. Zilla
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 20 days ago

      I don't agree with him but a team can have worse players and still be better.

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Tim Sherwood built Harry Kane I'll have you know

  18. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    I have 2 FTs and will WC in GW16.

    Does it make sense to do Aguero to Kane only to captain him in GW15 and then bring in Auba on a my WC in GW16?

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      He can troll you and blank

      1. TaiwanHC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Don’t know who I would captain if not him though...

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Don’t let united fixture put you off

      1. TaiwanHC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        I would rather have Kane at home vs Southampton than auba away to Man U though?

  19. Inazuma X1
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Can Lacazette cover Auba?

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Yes. I might double up even

      1. Rustin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Me as well tempting

  20. Daniel - The Veteran
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Getting the sofa ready to hide behind it against Salah and Mane owners

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

      Same 😀

  21. CaTriEm
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Serge Aurier really is stealing a living.

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Poor today but was very good against Inter

      1. CaTriEm
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Every time I see him play he's dodgy, that penalty he gave away vs Juventus last season really sticks in my mind it was just sheer lunacy.

        If Poch's plans involve regularly rotating fullbacks he needs to find a back up for Trippier who isn't a massive downgrade. Foyth's inexperience didn't help today either mind.

        1. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 20 days ago

          Trippier and Foyth is an even worse combo

  22. Deulofail
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Back where we belong!

    1. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      4th place!

      1. Nicepix
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Only until the end of the year when ManU regain fourth place. Unless Mou is wrong that is.

      2. XabiAlonso
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        😆

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Wait for Marchageddon

  23. tm245
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Guendouzi kissing Auba's boot for the fans, love it.

  24. Mortal.Swinbat
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Patricio & Aguero

    Ederson & Aubemeyang?

    -4

    1. Mortal.Swinbat
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Leave me with

      Ederson
      VVD, Robertson, Alonso, AWB
      Hazard, Sane, Sterling
      Aubemeyang, Arnautovic, Wilson

  25. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Now... another 6 goal derby, but all of them for the red team this time, and it’s happy days.

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Salah hat-trick would be well received.

      1. LǝgleSs e|even
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        This

      2. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 20 days ago

        As long as VVD matches him

  26. french holiday
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Auba and co. will get Mourinho the SACK!

  27. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Lovren not in squad means jammy Gunnarson 10 points get subbed in, Salah VC haul to make the gameweek even jammier please.

  28. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 20 days ago

    With aguero price drop and Kane rise before deadline should i be agressive and do this......... Aguero and Salah OUT Kane and MAne IN ??

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Salah OUT before Burnley ???

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 20 days ago

        Yes, but i will have Mane as Liverpool cover, and i's for free. I got 2 FT.

  29. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Reality check, were Spurs just awful today + Ars got lucky? Or is Ramsey the real deal

    1. Ha.
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Arsenal played well
      Spurs played poorly

  30. Tommyg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 20 days ago

    Kane Vs Aubameyang

    Whos everyone going with? With Kane's clear fixture congestion and must win matches along with aubameyangs cheaper price, he surely has the edge on Kane?

    1. Celt Abroad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      I’m planning on getting both of them.

    2. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 20 days ago

      Hmm can you go with Kane and Laca somehow ?

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 20 days ago

      don't know if Kane fixture congestion is a bad thing for him