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Arsenal team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 lineup to face Tottenham – Lacazette to be recalled

Arsenal take on Tottenham in a pivotal north London derby at the Emirates today – and Unai Emery is expected to bring Alexandre Lacazette back into the fold.

Emery raised many eyebrows when he dropped the Frenchman for their trip to European champions Liverpool last Saturday.

And his bold move didn’t pay off, with the Gunners succumbing to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

Lacazette is bound to come back in upfront for the visit of arch-rivals Spurs this afternoon, nevertheless.

Unai Emery surprised many when he started Lacazette on the bench in their 3-1 defeat away at Liverpool last week
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He should be leading the line for the hosts, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe just behind in a three-man attacking midfield.

In the centre of the park, Matteo Guendouzi is likely to partner Granit Xhaka, with youngster Joe Willock dropping out.

Emery is expected to start Ainsley Maitland-Niles again at right-back, while deploying Sokratis and David Luiz once more at centre-back.

Emery is likely to set Arsenal up in a 4-2-3-1 formation at the Emirates today

But the Spaniard could bring Sead Kolasinac in at left-back as Nacho Monreal is reportedly closing in on a move to Real Sociedad.

Bernd Leno, meanwhile, is a banker to start in between the sticks.

Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and new signing Kieran Tierney are still out injured, while Mesut Ozil and Rob Holding – who is close to returning from a cruciate knee ligament injury he picked up in December – are doubts to feature.

Ahead of their crucial derby showdown, Emery has called on his team to show “a big mentality”.


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“We were one point different to Tottenham and they played the final in the Champions League,” he said.

“We can be optimistic and realistic.

“The Premier League showed last year in Europe that they’d progressed a lot, the four teams were in the final in the Champions League and Europa League. In the domestic league we were in the top four a lot of moments but we lost in the last moments.

“Now I want to transmit to every supporter we need to be more consistent than last year in 38 matches, be competitive and be with a big mentality not only in the special matches, in every match.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-team-news-predicted-4-19114344

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