North London Derby Team News: Alli, Sessegnon, Ozil, Holding


The marquee matchup in the final weekend before the first set of internationals is the good old North London Derby. Last year saw Arsenal FC take four points, and Tottenham Hotspur just one from the two annual meetings. The Gunners won a wild one on the first Sunday of December 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

The reverse fixture at the national stadium, one of the last that Spurs had to play at Wembley, ended in a 1-1 draw this past March. Arsenal enter the latest edition of the derby third in the table, with six points, while Spurs come into this one seventh, having taken four points from the first three fixtures.

Let’s take a look at the North London derby team news, starting with the visitors. Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth (ankle) are out, leaving Spurs thin at right back.

Shifting to the midfield, neither of the summer transfer window additions to this position group, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon, will feature due to thigh problems.

One midfielder with an injury to that part of the body, English international Dele Alli, has a good chance of playing though. Flipping over to the home side, they don’t have new

Arsenal have no new injury issues in this one, but they do have plenty of fitness concerns. Mesut Ozil (illness) should be back in contention after the blow out at Liverpool.

Rob Holding (knee) is getting a lot closer now, but the trio of long term absentees, Hector Bellerin (knee), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Kieran Tierney (groin), won’t be back until after the international break.

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North London Derby FYIs

Starting XI Predictions: Arsenal      Tottenham Hotspur

Kickoff: Sunday, Sept 1, Emirates Stadium, 2:30 pm

Google Result Probability: Arsenal win 41%, Draw 27%, Tottenham Hotspur win 32%

Odds via Betway: Arsenal 11/8, Draw 5/2,  Tottenham Hotspur 19/10

Prediction: Spurs 3, Arsenal 2

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