Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Starting XI Prediction at Tottenham

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As of now, the North London Derby will go on as planned, despite the warnings from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta that it might not. The short-handed Gunners will make the short trip across this part of town to take on their most bitter of rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.

Injuries, covid-19, and even some disciplinary issues have left Arsenal with few options in filling out the team sheet. Honestly, it almost kind of picks itself for Arteta, so let’s take a look.

 North London Derby FYIs

Kickoff: Sunday, Jan 16, 4:30pm, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Team News:  Arsenal      Tottenham

Starting XI Prediction:   Arsenal     Tottenham

Google Result Probability:   Arsenal 32%   Tottenham  40%   Draw 28%

Form Guide: Arsenal LWWWW   Tottenham WDWDW

Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Starting XI Prediction at Tottenham

Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, White, Tierney; Lokonga, Chambers,  Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Lacazette

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte says that his opponents are ahead of them in the race for a UEFA Champions League qualification slot, as both missed out on it last year. Actually, neither even qualified for the Europa League.

Conte can say what he wants, but at the end of the day, his side still has a game in hand on the Gunners, and they can leapfrog them in the standings with a W here.

Prediction: Tottenham 3, Arsenal 2

Really predicting a high scoring one here, but that’s more about bad defending than it is actually accurate attack. Tottenham can easily exploit Arsenal’s severe issues with depth in this one.

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