Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Tottenham

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match at White Hart Lane on Sunday

“We are in a position where we can deliver something special. There are few times in the season where you can turn up and do that. So I think that’s the moment for us to deliver it.”

The final north London derby at White Hart Lane promises to be a mouthwatering contest between two teams with contrasting fortunes throughout the domestic season.

Wenger: Topping Spurs is important

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger leads his side into another must-win game while taking charge of his 50th derby game in the process. Sunday's showdown could end Tottenham's title hopes or diminish the Gunners chances of securing a top four spot - even if St. Totteringham's Day's is not going to happen this season.

Three successive victories have boosted morale among the Arsenal players and they will be quietly confident of securing a result against their arch rivals, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware that with his team just four points behind Chelsea, a victory would spice things up even further in the title race.


ARSENAL INJURIES


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Lucas Perez could be selected in the squad after returning to training following a spell out with a thigh problem, but Shkodran Mustafi and David Ospina are still out injured.

"The uncertainty we have at the moment is about Laurent Koscielny," said Wenger in his pre-match press conference. "The news yesterday was quite positive so I hope he has a chance of being available."

French youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide has been ruled out until the end of the season with an ankle injury, with Santi Cazorla another long-term absentee.


ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS


Arsenal have no players suspended for this match.

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ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return to the starting line-up after he was an unused substitute against Leicester.

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If Wenger decides to field the 3-4-2-1 formation which has been working so successfully in recent games then he's likely to bring back Rob Holding into the team alongside Koscielny, who faces a late fitness test.

Aaron Ramsey is expected to partner Granit Xhaka in the centre of midfield while a decision over whether Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud or Alexis Sanchez will lead the line on Sunday is likely to prove the biggest dilemma for Wenger.

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TOTTENHAM DOSSIER


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“You cannot ignore that it is a derby, with all that means, and we are also playing for another big thing, to be alive in the title race," said Mauricio Pochettino. “It is a very tough job to be focused and it’s true that emotion will be involved – maybe more than in other games. But the team has learned a lot. They know that football is emotion. It will not be new for the team to feel that emotion on Sunday."

Tottenham's title hopes are hanging by a thread and could be all but extinguished if they drop points in the derby game on Sunday.

Pochettino's men are currently four points behind league leaders Chelsea and come into the game off the back of a rich vein of form, including eight consecutive Premier League victories.

Mousa Dembele is struggling with an ankle injury ahead of the crunch match at White Hart Lane while Danny Rose is a doubt after only recently returning from a knee problem.

Erik Lamela (hip) and Harry Winks (ankle) are both unavailable but goalkeeper Michel Vorm is available selection following his recovery from a knee injury.

Harry Kane is their top scorer with 26 goals this season.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Tottenham are unbeaten in each of their last five league encounters with Arsenal (W1 D4); they've never gone six consecutive league games without defeat against the Gunners.

  • Arsenal have got on the scoresheet in 22 of their last 23 visit to White Hart Lane in all competitions, only drawing a blank in a 0-0 draw in February 2009.

  • Mauricio Pochettino is the first ever Tottenham manager to remain unbeaten in his first five top-flight north London Premier League derbies.

  • Arsene Wenger has gone five league games without a win against Spurs for the first time in his career.

  • Harry Kane has scored in four consecutive Premier League appearances against Arsenal, netting five goals in the process. No Spurs player has scored more goals versus Arsenal in the Premier League than Kane (5 - level with Gareth Bale).

  • This will be Arsene Wenger's 50th north London derby in charge of Arsenal (W22 D20 L7) - the Gunners have scored more goals against Spurs than they have against any other side under the Frenchman (92).


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick-off is at 16:30 BST on Sunday, 30 April and the match is being broadcast on Sky Sports 1 in the UK. 

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