Nicolas Pepe starts over Bukayo Saka on the right-wing as Arsenal get ready to lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby.
Mikel Arteta has made only one change from their draw against Leicester City, as Nicolas Pepe replaces Bukayo Saka on the right-wing. Shkodran Mustafi has retained his position, though, despite injury speculation.
Pepe will assume responsibility of the spot on the right in the front three, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to play on the left-wing. Alexandre Lacazetta will lead the line in the absence of Edward Nketiah who is serving a suspension for his red card in midweek.
Hector Bellerin starts over Cedric Soares, flanking the double pivot of Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka from the left. At the same time, Kieran Tierney assumes responsibility in the role of the left wingback.
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🇨🇮 Pepe returns to the side
🇬🇦 Auba also starts
🇫🇷 Laca completes the front line
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There are no changes to the backline, though. David Luiz will continue the marshal the defence in the sweeper role as Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac arch the Brazilian on the right and left respectively.
Emiliano Martinez has taken up the gloves and will start in goal in the absence of Bernd Leno who picked up a knee injury against Brighton & Hove Albion. The Argentine has kept three clean sheets in five games so far, but his toughest test comes against Spurs today. Matt Macey has been named as the backup on the bench.
Arsenal Confirmed XI (3-4-3): Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang