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Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur: Team sheet prediction

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Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini could be in line for a derby day return from injury as he recovers from a dead leg in time for Saturday's game against Tottenham.

In Friday's press conference, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the Frenchman, re-signed on a free from AC Milan last summer, was in the squad, although he added that Nacho Monreal was out.

Gibbs in contention

The Spanish left-back is unavailable due to a back injury, but fellow left-back Kieran Gibbs 'is alright' and could return.

Per Mertesacker is also fit having missed out on Tuesday's Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton.

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The long-term injuries of Mathieu Debuchy, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo still remain on the sidelines for Arsenal, who had the worst injury record out of any Premier League club last season.

Tottenham, despite having come second in the injuries list last season, have only Kyle Walker out, with his groin injury continuing to keep him out of action.

First team challengers

Spurs put in a decent midweek performance in beating Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, although none of their rotated side impressed enough to pose any serious questions for Mauricio Pochettino.

Arsenal's starting line-up is harder to predict; Mesut Ozil's performance in the middle during the 3-0 win at Aston Villa drew many plaudits, but he may move back out to the left to accommodate a holding midfielder in this game.

Possible XIs:

Arsenal: Szczesny; Chambers, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Flamini; Alexis, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil; Welbeck

Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose; Capoue, Dembele; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor

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