Predicted Arsenal lineup (4-2-3-1) to face Tottenham Hotspur, Lacazette and Pepe start
Arsenal will be aiming to bounce back from the recent defeat against Liverpool when they entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The north London side were second best in the 3-1 defeat to the European champions last weekend but they were still positives with Nicolas Pepe making his presence felt during his first start for the club.
Unai Emery has made no changes in the goalkeeping or defensive department in the past two games but there will be an enforced one this weekend with Nacho Monreal having parted ways with the club. The Spaniard will be replaced by Sead Kolasinac at left-back.
In the midfield, manager Unai Emery may consider a reshuffle from the recent games and we anticipating both Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock dropping to the bench. Granit Xhaka should take up one of the midfield slots as the captain and he could be partnered by Lucas Torreira, who has impressed in recent substitute appearances. The Uruguayan scored the consolation goal in the recent 3-1 defeat at Anfield.
Further forward, Dani Ceballos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe are certainties to start and they could be accompanied by an additional forward in the form of Alexandre Lacazette, who has been struggling with a minor ankle problem of late.
The Frenchman will be expected to lead the line with Pepe and Aubameyang on the right and left wing respectively while Ceballos should continue in the number 10 role. The Spaniard may shift to a more central position when his side are without possession of the ball.
Predicted XI: Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette