The team news fortunately for the first time this season is quite positive and Wenger has almost a full squad to choose from. (excluding Giroud, Debuchy, Sanogo, Monreal and Walcott) The big news is the return of Mathieu Flamini to the side.
He was unavailable for the last three games (Dortmund, Villa, Southampton) with a dead leg. Flamini is not a regular but is a very useful squad player.
Wenger told Arsenal.com:
The only difference compared to Villa and Southampton is that Mathieu Flamini might be available again. He had a dead leg. I feel he should be back.
Everyone else is similar to where they were. Monreal is not back yet. The likes of Giroud, Debuchy and Walcott are unavailable.
Flamini’s return is a boost and although he goes crazy at times, his enthusiasm and tenacity is second to none. He made his Arsenal debut (second spell) in the North London Derby last September. Coming on as a substitute for Wilshere, his impact was immediate, flying into tackles and getting stuck in. My favorite was the scissor on Danny Rose. Rose got Flaminised!
He may not start the game but I wouldn’t mind Flamini coming on as a late substitute either. The man is a powerful tackler and would provide our midfield with the physical presence it has been lacking of late. Also, he has been quite a thorn in the side of the Spurs and would surely love to etch his name even more deeply into the history of the North London Derby.