Tottenham and Arsenal will face off in a north London derby on Wednesday night in the league cup, we look at how each team is likely to line up.
After the game against Chelsea there will be two notable absentees in Coquelin and Santi Cazorla. The duo will be missing this one through injury and suspension respectively. Cazorla’s absence means Ramsey would have a chance to slot back into his natural central midfield position where he was outstanding for the last two seasons before being pushed out-wide.
Coquelin’s injury should see either Flamini or Arteta come in to fill that defensive midfield spot, while Gabriel Paulista after a successful will be back in the squad following the rescinding of his red card, Mertesacker though would be favoured to start, following his recovery from an infection.
Given the number of games Alexis Sanchez has played recently and the fact that we have a tough tie against high flying Leicester City at the weekend, we are likely to see Sanchez rested in favour of Joel Campbell who so obviously needs game time. We also expect Ospina to start, after a decent performance against Zagreb.
Also as we are likely to see a couple of youngsters as Wenger hinted in his press conference, Adelaide and Iwobi are likely to make the bench. Debuchy is also likely to remain on the bench after his poor showing at Zagreb last week with Hector Bellerin a more reliable option in a derby of this magnitude, while Keiran Gibbs might be given a shot again.
Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Ramsey; Campbell, Ozil, Chamberlain; Walcott
Subs: Cech, Monreal, Debuchy, Arteta, Adelaide, Iwobi, Giroud
Tottenham would be without Nabil Bentaleb, Moussa Dembele and Ryan Mason, so we are likely to see Dele Alli and Eric Dier make up the midfield base while Christian Eriksen back from injury would be expected to fill in behind Harry Kane, with Chadli and Son flanking him.
Tottenham doesn’t have the luxury of the quality on the bench Arsenal does, and they see this as their best opportunity to pull a genuine scalp off their bitter rivals, so we can expect the strongest fit lineup.
Keiran Tripper, Andros Townsend and Rose might come into the team though, while a first start for Clinton N’jie could be on the cards
Lloris; Walker, Alderwierd, Vertonghen, Davis; Dier; Alli, Son, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane
Vorm, Tripper, Townsend, Rose, N’jie, Wimmer, Carrol