Tottenham Hotspur host Arsenal in the latest edition of the North London Derby at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and the lineups of both sides for the highlight Premier League tie of the weekend have been revealed.
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Spurs are unchanged from the side that drew with Liverpool last week, with skipper Hugo Lloris starting in goal behind a flat back-four of Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies.
Eric Dier partners Mousa Dembele in central midfield while Christan Eriksen, Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli lining up further ahead as star striker Harry Kane starts at the tip of their 4-2-3-1 formation.
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Arsenal have been handed a boost in goal, with veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech passing a late fitness test to feature.
The visitors have a back-four of Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nanch Monreal with Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny lining up in what seems like a three-man midfield.
Aaron Ramsey, who scored a treble last week, is not even on the bench after failing to recover from a groin complaint but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan start up top as it looks like the Gunners have opted for a 4-3-3 system.
Fifth-placed Spurs could leapfrog Chelsea and Liverpool into third place if they beat their crosstown rivals in the early kick-off on Saturday but a new-look Arsenal side has plenty of promise and a high-scoring draw is a likely result.
For the Gunners are also in the contention to finish in the top-four and they could close to within a point of the Lilywhites if they emerge victorious and the fact that they have an outstanding record at Wembley will embolden them.
The hosts have the edge in terms of form, as they are unbeaten in their last five but Arsene Wenger’s unit are fresh off a 5-1 hammering of Everton and will look to their vaunted forward line to fire them to glory.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son and Kane.
Arsenal: Cech, Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny (c), Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Wilshere, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Ozil.
Match kicks off at 12.30 GMT/1800 IST.