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Koscielny out? My Arsenal XI to take on Tottenham
The big North London derby has arrived as Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. This is the eleven I’d go with:
Petr Cech should start, obviously.
Defence: Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Koscielny is facing a late fitness test after missing the Bayern Munich game with a hip problem. Arsene has given him an 80% chance of being passed fit so fingers crossed he’ll make it.
Gabriel has a solid case to be included alongside him but I’d actually go with Mertesacker for his experience in these games. Gabriel can be a hot-head and we don’t need him getting sent off again! With Bellerin out Debuchy is going to have to start at right-back while Monreal will continue ahead of Gibbs on the left.
Midfield: Cazorla, Coquelin
Not much of a decision here. These two have been outstanding together over the past 8 months, plus we have very little option to mix things up with Wilshere and Ramsey out. Arteta is back in training and faces a late fitness test but there’s no way he should start.
Attack: Sanchez, Ozil, Campbell
Campbell was excellent against Swansea last week but like many of his team mates, he was poor against Bayern. However, with the likes of Walcott, The Ox and Welbeck all still injured, I’d give the Costa Rican another chance on the right wing.
Ozil and Sanchez should obviously start with him.
Very little option up front either as Walcott and Welbeck are both still injured. Let’s hope Giroud still has something left in the tank as he’s been working hard up top recently.
So this would be my line-up:
What line-up would you pick?