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A comeback for Lacazette and 2 other ways Arsenal could line up against Tottenham in the North London Derby

A comeback for Lacazette and 2 other ways Arsenal could line up against Tottenham in the North London Derby

The first North London derby of the season

Arsenal and Tottenham meet for the first time this season when the Gunners host bitter rivals on Sunday afternoon. Following an international hiatus that saw Spurs at the top of the Premier League, and Mikel Arteta’s team rooted to the core, fortunes have drastically changed.

Arsenal have added six points out of six possible, in addition to achieving a resounding 3-0 victory in the third round of the Carabao Cup. On the other hand, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team has collapsed after consecutive 3-0 losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea respectively.

As a result, a win for the red half of North London could see them tie on points with the Spurs, while a win for the Lilywhites would see them take six points off their rivals in the early race for European football.

With that in mind, the Gunners desperately need a win, and 60,000 Emirati fans will shout it out just as desperate to see their team triumph, but how will Arteta approach the match?

The last 5 seem settled enough, with Aaron Ramsdale set to keep his place behind Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel, and Kieran Tierney as long as everyone is fit. Later, however, there are more questions to be asked.

With that in mind, 101 Take a look at 3 ways the Gunners could take the field against the Spurs.

1. Stick with what works

For their most recent results, Arsenal have started with a 4-3-3 system using Thomas Partey at the base of midfield, with Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe on either side of him in more advanced roles.

This allows Arteta to avoid the headache of picking just three from Nicolas Pepe, Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Odegaard, meaning he can line up all four, as he did against Burnley.

Of course, this does not leave room for Granit Xhaka, who has been suspended for the trio of victories. However, it could be an option for Mikel Arteta to go for if the Swiss midfielder is not ready to be returned to the heat of a North London derby.

2. A return to 4-2-3-1?

However, if Xhaka is fit, it seems likely that he will play, much to the bewilderment of many Arsenal fans. The 28-year-old is an important leader on the court for Arteta, and he has an impressive passing range and spatial awareness, even if other traits leave a lot to be desired.

To get him into a position that doesn’t leave him woefully exposed, a return to 4-2-3-1 would be required, with Partey joining Xhaka on a double pivot.

Ahead of him, one of Pepe, Odegaard, Smith Rowe and Saka would have to be sacrificed, although it would return greater defensive strength for the Gunners.

With the odds of the Spurs going 4-3-3 in attack with Tanguy Ndombele and Giovanni Lo Celso set for Sunday, would the added defensive protection help Arsenal get the right result?

3. The presentation of Alex Lacazette

One player who can cross Mikel Arteta’s thoughts after Arsenal’s dismantling of Wimbledon is Alexandre Lacazette. The leader has been limited to just 30 minutes of Premier League action so far this season, but has scored in every round of the Carabao Cup so far.

While it did little else to ignite the game, it offers a better waiting game than Aubameyang, and apparently has a better understanding of the likes of Saka and Smith Rowe, although it lacks the predatory instincts associated with Aubameyang.

Having had 90 minutes under his belt against Wimbledon, could he be up for a shout out to lead the line on Sunday?

How would you line up if you were Mikel Arteta?

Read more:

Alexandre Lacazette emerges as concussion reported as January target for Barcelona

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea Football Club 5 eleven 13
2 Liverpool FC 5 eleven 13
3 United manchester 5 9 13
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 3 12
5 Manchester city 5 10 10
6 Everton FC 5 3 10
7 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
8 West Ham United 5 4 8
9 Brentford fc 5 3 8
10 Aston Villa 5 1 7
eleven Watford FC 5 -2 6
12 Leicester City 5 -3 6
13 Arsenal FC 5 -7 6
14 crystal Palace 5 -3 5
fifteen Southampton FC 5 -2 4
sixteen Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
17 Leeds United 5 -7 3
18 Newcastle united 5 -7 2
19 FC Burnley 5 -6 1
twenty Norwich city 5 -12 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 4
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea Football Club 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 3
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle united 2
Toney, Ivan Brentford fc 2
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
Torres, Ferran Manchester city 2
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 2
Gallagher, Conor crystal Palace 2

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