Arsenal welcome north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates Stadium in today’s Premier League clash.
The Gunners have fared brilliantly during the early stages of the season, registering 18 points from a possible 21.
As a result, they find themselves top of the standings, and have the chance to maintain their slender lead later today.
Arsenal will be aiming to avenge their 3-0 loss at Spurs earlier this year which proved costly in their top-four pursuit.
The Gunners have not lost a home league game against their north London rivals since 2010.
Aaron Ramsdale has been an undisputed goalkeeper for the Gunners. He has been ever-present in the Premier League, and should be an assured starter in goal, barring any last-minute injuries. The England star should be well rested, having been on the bench for England’s Nations League matches.
In front of him, there should be the regular front four of Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Zinchenko missed the Brentford clash with a calf problem, but Mikel Arteta has confirmed his availability for today’s early kick-off in the north London derby.
Thomas Partey has also been deemed fit after a knee injury scare on international duty. It should be a straightforward decision to pair him with Granit Xhaka in the centre of the park. The Swiss is currently enjoying his best-ever return in a single Premier League season with four goal contributions.
Further forward, it should be a familiar line-up from recent games. Martin Odegaard missed the Brentford clash with a calf issue, but was available for Norway during the international break. Fabio Vieira did splendidly in his absence with a stunning long-range goal versus Brentford. Despite this, the £34.2 million summer signing is set to be dropped to the bench.
Odegaard as captain is regarded as an undisputed starter from the attacking midfield position. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are confirmed starters either side of him. Gabriel Jesus is expected to lead the attack. The Brazilian needs to be careful as another yellow card could see him suspended for the Liverpool game.
How Arsenal could line up against Spurs
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