The teams have been announced for our trip to White Hart Lane, and there are some questionable choices made by Arsene Wenger.
David Ospina starts in goal with Petr Cech unavailable, which is worrying but obviously unavoidable. Hector Bellerin keeps his place at right-back, although Kieran Gibbs replaces Nacho Monreal on the opposite flank.
Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are yet again partnered at the back, with Laurent Koscielny still nowhere to be seen unfortunately.
In midfield we’ve got a new pairing, with Francis Coquelin starting alongside Mohamed Elneny. The Egyptian is getting his first Premier League start, and it looks like a defensive setup from Wenger.
Mesut Özil naturally starts at No.10, with Alexis Sanchez keeping his place despite a number of poor performances. Aaron Ramsey’s inclusion on the wing just further highlights Wenger’s defensive tactics, and suggests the Frenchman may be happy with a draw.
Danny Welbeck starts ahead of Olivier Giroud up front, with the Englishman now completely over his injury problems it seems.
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The Tottenham team is as follows:
There are a number of changes to the Tottenham side that lost to West Ham, so unfortunately several players have had a rest. If we perform the way we have been recently then we have no chance, but hopefully we’ll step up and show our quality against some tough competition.
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Swansea was really a must win game, and we’ve now made things incredibly hard for ourselves. Tottenham is now an even more important fixture, and if we lose this one we’ll be in real trouble.