Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur: Team Sheet prediction

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur meet in the first north London derby of the weekend tomorrow, with the pressure starting to mount on two top-four contenders.

Arsene Wenger is set to welcome Wojciech Szczesny back between the sticks after an absence through injury, whilst Brad Friedel is again expected to start ahead of Hugo Lloris.

In defence, the Gunners appear set to retain the four who struggled against Fulham last weekend, with Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen all fit to start.

Kyle Walker is the only defensive doubt for Spurs, but should recover in time to start at right-back. Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul remain out through injury.

Arsenal will stick with three in midfield, and welcome Jack Wilshere back into the side following a one-game suspension. Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta give the trio a Spanish feel.

Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to change his five-man midfield formation, with Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale on the flanks. He has options in the centre, with two defensive-minded players likely to shield one more advanced player in the position.

Olivier Giroud is starting to find form for the Gunners and will expect to start up-front, with Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski getting the nod on the flanks.

Spurs have to choose between Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe up-front, and pace could be the key against the Gunners’ powerful defence.

Arsenal predicted line-up v Tottenham Hotspur:

Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen; Jack WIlshere, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla; Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski.

Tottenham Hotspur predicted line-up v Arsenal:

Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Steven Caulker, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen; Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, Clint Dempsey, Sandro, Gareth Bale; Jermain Defoe.

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