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Tottenham v Arsenal - Predicted starting teams

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Tottenham face Arsenal in a crucial North London derby on Sunday afternoon.

After going out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Arsenal will be looking to get their league campaign back on track in an attempt to restart their title bid.

Spurs, meanwhile, will be keen to put an end to a bad run of form, including a 4-0 loss to Chelsea and a 3-1 home reverse to Benfica, by beating their fiercest rivals.

Both teams have suffered with injury problems over the course of the season, and Sunday's game will be no different. 

Spurs are without Michael Dawson (hamstring), Vlad Chiriches (back), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Erik Lamela (back), and face doubts over the chances of Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele, Sandro and former Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor.

“Mousa, Ade and Kyle are all struggling,” said manager Tim Sherwood after training on Friday. Dembele has missed the past two Spurs matches with a hamstring problem, and Adebayor and Walker both picked up knocks in the midweek defeat to Benfica.

Arsenal will definitely be missing Mesut Ozil (hamstring), Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Jack Wilshere (foot), Theo Walcott (knee) and Abou Diaby (knee), and left-back Kieran Gibbs is a doubt with an ankle problem.

Yaya Sanogo, Nacho Monreal and January signing Kim Kallstrom are all in line to feature after being declared fit - a Kallstrom appearance would be his Arsenal debut, even though it is likely to be off the bench.

Lukas Podolski could make a rare league start up front after impressing against Bayern, which would involve Olivier Giroud dropping to the bench

Possible XIs:

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Arteta; Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla; Podolski

Tottenham:  Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Sandro, Eriksen; Soldado

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