Arsenal FC vs Tottenham Hotspur Injury Report: Lacazette, Koscielny, Dembele, Sanchez

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The North London derby headlines this weekend’s slate of Premier League action, as two bitter arch-rivals will clash on Sunday afternoon. Visiting Tottenham Hotspur sit just three points ahead of host Arsenal FC in the current Premier League table, and the fight for Champions League qualifications places will be fierce.

Another big London club, Chelsea, sits sandwiched between the two North London sides doing battle here, and by the end of Sunday we’ll see where we stand, and if some shuffling had occurred.

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Let’s take a look at the fitness situation for both sides.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has five players with fitness concerns. Striker Alexandre Lacazette is a doubt due to a groin injury, but defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has now returned to full training, having recovered from a hamstring problem.

Defender Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) is a doubt for this one, while the Gunners have three long term absentees: Defenders Nacho Monreal (hamstring) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and forward Danny Welbeck (ankle).

Flipping over to the visitors, Davinson Sanchez is out due to a hamstring problem. Likewise for midfielder Mousa Dembele, who has an ankle injury.

Defenders Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier are both back in action, having recovered from groin injuries.

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Arsenal FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FYIs

Starting XI Predictions: go to this link

Press Conference videos, quotes: coming Friday

Kickoff: Sunday, December 2nd, 905 EST, 205pm GMT, Emirates Stadium, London

Odds via Odds Checker: Arsenal  13/8  Draw 77/29  Tottenham Hotspur 7/4

Prediction: Arsenal 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2

As always, feel free to post your own Tottenham and/or Arsenal starting XI prediction, as well your best guess as to what the final score will be.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation. 

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  1. Sean Daniel says:

    Spurs have a key advantage in this encounter…flexibility! Spurs players and formations are adaptable to the situation and tactics.Like an NHL team they have now developed attacking combinations which work well together.Son Alli Ericksen is primary but Lucas Lamela Sissoko is a solid backup. Kane scores against Arsenal all the time so with Lacazette out Foyth and Vertongen fresh I don’t see Arsenal scoring with Spurs to hit at least 2

  2. Abdulrahman isah says:

    Arsenal 2 Tottenham 1

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