Walcott Dropped In One Of The Four Changes To Arsenal’s Starting XI vs. Spurs


When Arsenal travel down the road to White Hart Lane on Sunday, there’s more than just derby pride hanging on the line.

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Three points would be massive for either side, with the Gunners chasing Champions League and Spurs still in reach of a title challenge.

But following a change in formation, Arsene Wenger has shown he is still capable of adapting to whatever the Premier League throws at his players.

Having picked up three victories from three since opting for a 3-4-2-1 line-up, the Arsenal boss must now find a way to fit in-form players and leaders into the starting XI.

Looking at how Tottenham have faired against some of the top sides, I’ve put together an idea of who should be involved:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

He may have received a lot of stick this season, but since coming back from injury Cech has made some really important saves. The close range strike from Mahrez in mid-week was top of the list, and his experience for big games like this is vital.

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Defence: Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding

When it comes to this formation, these three have the most experience playing together and Wenger can’t afford to take any chances.

Mustafi is injured and Koscielny is fighting to get back to action, but the signs look very positive so far. Rob Holding was rested on Wednesday and was arguably Arsenal’s best player against Manchester City last weekend.

Wing-Backs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nacho Monreal

These two have been crucial in the last few games and have finally found their best position on the pitch. Monreal has given us two goals in as many games and is buzzing right now, whilst he also gives us the chance to switch back to a defensive four.

The Ox is fresh and raring to go due to him being an unused substitute against Leicester, and he’ll cause the young legs of Ben Davies plenty of problems.

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Central Defence: Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny

With Tottenham’s love of pressing high and the majority of their talent coming from the attacking midfield, a controlled defensive duo is needed in the middle.

Elneny hasn’t been given a decent run in the team for a while and playing alongside Xhaka really suits him.

Arsenal are going to have to play like they did in the first half against Man City and these two are best to deal with that kind of tactic.

Attacking Midfield: Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez 

These two haven’t been on the top of their game for a while now, so this is the perfect chance to pull out all the stops with the world watching.

Alexis is trying to do all sorts of things with his feet when running at defenders and he’ll need to cut that out and go back to basics because chances will be minimal.

Ozil on the other hand needs to continue what he’s doing, getting out on that left hand side and drilling balls across the box.

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Centre Forward: Danny Welbeck

I’ve said it before, but when you’re playing against a team like Spurs it’s necessary to have a striker that has pace and control in their game. Welbeck gives us a little bit of everything and when we’re pushed back in defence, both he and Alexis can sit on the half way line ready to break. Bring Giroud on in the final 15 if things aren’t going our way.

My Arsenal XI (3-4-2-1): Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Holding, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Elneny, Monreal, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck

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