[Confirmed teams] Tottenham vs Arsenal: Saka out, Pepe starts for Gunners

By on July 12, 2020

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Arsenal take on Tottenham in a huge North London Derby this afternoon that could determine our hopes of playing European football next season.

Mikel Arteta has surprisingly dropped Bukayo Saka to the bench with Nicolas Pepe recalled on the right-wing. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again starts on the left side of the Arsenal attack while Alexandre Lacazette leads the line up front with Eddie Nketiah suspended.

Emi Martinez starts in goal and Arteta sticks with what has been a settled back three in recent weeks of Shkodran Mustadi, David Luiz and Sead Kolasinac so Sokratis and Rob Holding have to settle for places on the bench.

Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos keep their places in midfield with Lucas Torreira named among the substitutes while Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin keep their places in the wing-back roles this afternoon.

There is still no Mesut Ozil or Matteo Guendouzi in the Arsenal squad but Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock are options from the bench against Tottenham.

Here are the line-ups for the game:


Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Sokratis, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Nelson, Willock, Macey, Saka


Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son, Kane.

Subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Tanganga, Sessegnon, Skipp, Gedson, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Lamela