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Lacazette to continue as Willian starts again - Arsenal predicted XI vs TottenhamArsenal travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on Spurs in the North London Derby on Sunday.

The Gunners go into the game off the back of a morale boosting 4-1 victory over Rapid Vienna in front of 2,000 fans on Thursday night in the Europa League.

Mikel Arteta is keen to use the momentum from that game to put Arsenal‘s poor Premier League form behind them.

“Right from the beginning you could feel that they were touched from the last defeat and everybody individually played a really good game,” he said of his side’s performance in his post match press conference.

Again we were in the final third really aggressive with the ball. We created many chances for goals and probably should have scored more.

“Now, let’s take that into Sunday a very special game, we’re all looking forward to it and let’s do it again.”

Doing that might not be so easy however, as Arsenal come up against one of the best Spurs sides in recent memory.

Jose Mourinho‘s team sit top of the Premier League having scored the most goals, and in Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son they have two of the most dangerous goal threats in Europe right now.

Mikel Arteta will therefore need his strongest possible team if he’s to have any chance of a victory on Sunday.

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Bernd Leno will undoubtedly start in goal. The German’s position as Arsenal number one was cemented even further by an unconvincing performance from Runar Alex Runarsson on Thursday night. The Iceland international hardly had anything to do, but was poor for the goal Rapid Vienna got.

Arsenal have been successful in the big games under Arteta with a back three formation, but it is likely that they will stick with the 4-2-3-1 that has been in use for the past few weeks.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Rob Holding and David Luiz of Arsenal during the Arsenal training session at London Colney on November 28, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Image: (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images))

That means Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are likely to start at right and left back respectively as they have done all season.

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At centre back Arteta faces a dilemma between Rob Holding and David Luiz to play alongside Gabriel. The Brazilian had his lack of pace exposed by a Sead Kolasinac error for Heung Min-Son’s goal in this fixture in July, so Holding may just edge it.

Into central midfield and the bold choice from Arteta would be to pick Ainsley Maitland-Niles in his favoured position. The 23-year-old was sensational in a box-to-box role on Thursday night and could dovetail perfectly with one of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.

But with Thomas Partey unlikely to be fit in time it’s probable that the two deeper roles will be unchanged from the defeat to Wolves.

Further forward though there surely has to be a change. Joe Willock has not been bad exactly in the number 10 position over the past few weeks, but he has done very little to suggest he is the answer there going forward.

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Alexandre Lacazette on the other hand looked sensational in the role on Thursday night, leading Martin Keown to compare his goal-scoring performance to Dennis Bergkamp. The Frenchman dropped deep to link up the play to great effect and could help draw Spurs solid midfield two of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko out of position.

That in turn would create space for a winger who likes to drift more centrally which means that Willian is likely to play on the right. The Brazilian has hardly set the world alight since his arrival from Chelsea in the summer, but a goal against Tottenham could go a long way to forgiving that.

On the other flank Bukayo Saka could cause problems to Serge Aurier who is not the best defensively.

If Tierney is able to get up and support him, the left hand side could become a real position of strength for Arsenal again.

This would be to the huge benefit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who hasn’t scored from open play since the first game of the season.

The Gunners’ captain has three goals in five appearances against Spurs though, and will be looking to use the derby to kickstart his campaign.

Predicted Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos; Saka, Lacazette, Willian; Aubameyang.