Mikel Arteta & co. will take a short trip to north London to lock horns with their local rival Tottenham Hotspur in the Mind Series mini pre-season tournament at their playing ground on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners head into the game aiming of bounce back from their home defeat to Chelsea last Sunday, with Kai Havert, Granit Xhaka and Tammy Abraham all are on targets.
Despite, the Gunners made perfect start to the game, by dominating possession and created a lot chance, it was the European champions taken the lead, through Kai Havertz, who scored amazing goal.
Granit Xhaka, then equasile for Mikel Arteta’s men in the second half of the game through header after Nicolas Pepe delivered corner, but Hector Bellerin poor back-pass given the visitor a chance to take the lead again.
The Spanish’s poor back-pass was converted by Tammy Abraham and Mikel Arteta’s men unable to level it till match ended despite they dominating possession and created more chance.
Aubameyang and Nketiah produced good composure in 88 minunte of the game, but the Gabon one-on-one effort was save by Kepa Arrizabalaga while Joe Willock spectacular strike was denied by the referees.
Meanwhile, Ben White, marked his debut with eye-catching performances, made a lot contribution in Arsenal’s defensive unit, while Albert Sambi Lokonga also impressed against the European champions.
And ahead of mouthwatering clash with Spurs, Mikel Arteta will be without four first-team players. Thomas Partey sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday.
The 27-year-old midfielder continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training in approximately three weeks.
Eddie Nketiah, sustained bruising to his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday and is likely to ruled out of action for four weeks while Gabriel Magalheas, who sustained an injury to his right knee whilst with the Brazilian Olympic squad will also missed the clash.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is likely to make some changes to the side that started against Chelsea, with Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka likely to get start against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, who came from behind to draw at Chelsea last Wednesday.
It’s certain, Bernd Leno is expected to pick between the sticks for Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, while Arthur Okonkwo, Tom Smith, James Hillson could also get some minutes in the second half of the game.
As for the centre-back unit, Ben White is expected to made his first start after came off the bench to impressed against Chelsea. Rob Holding should partner the new signing while Pablo Mari and Omar Rekik could be options for Mikel Arteta too.
On to right-wing back Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares, Hector Bellerin are all available for the selection, means, Mikel Arteta have plenty options to choose the right candidate to face Tottenham Hotspur.
Kieran Tierney could take the place at left-back, while new signing Nuno Tavares, who marked his debut with amazing goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Rangers is expected to get some minutes in the second half of the game.
As for the midfield options, Thomas Partey has been totally rule out due to injury problem, means Albert Sambi Lokonga is expected to partner Granit Xhaka in middle of park against Tottenham Hotspur, while Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock could be get some minutes in the second half of the game.
Despite, Bukayo Saka made returned to London Colney last Wednesday, Nicolas Pepe may be handed a spot in the final third alongside Smith Rowe, Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 19-year-old is not expected to rush on to action but likely get some minutes in the second half of the game. Willian, also options for Mikel Arteta in middle of park against their local rivals while Folarin Balogun is available and expected to get some minutes.
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Chambers, White, Holding, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
When is kick off? Sunday 8 August, at 2:00PM
Where is the match being played? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Full Arsenal squad available to face Tottenham Hotspur:
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo, Tom Smith, James Hillson,
Defenders: Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Omar Rekik, Nuno Tavares, Ben White.
Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock.
Strikers: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, & Folarin Balogun.
When does Arsenal vs Tottenham kick-off?
- Arsenal’s pre-season clash with Tottenham will get underway from 2pm UK time on Sunday, August 8.
- The game will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.
- Fans are allowed into the stadium to watch the game.
What TV channel is the match on? arsenal.com