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Arsenal v Tottenham

The North London Derby has changed shape in recent years and now, our neighbours carry the tag of favourites.Mauricio Pochettino has assembled a team that are powerful in attack and resolute in defence. They also possess the guile in midfield to unlock most defences, and this is the key to the whole game.Christian Eriksen is the key supplier to the prolific dribbler that is Harry Hane. If the Dane is on song, then Kane will get countless chances. So our midfield needs to be switched on if we are to keep our goal untroubled.We are relatively low on numbers in defence. Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi are both carrying knocks so we will most likely continue with the Mertesacker in the centre of a three alongside Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal. The big German has been responsible for shutting out spurs on more than a few occasions and we should have little worry he will have what it takes.He also crucially grasps the importance of this fixture for us fans too.In midfield, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey must start to gel soon if we are to be as cohesive as possible. The Swiss star especially is guilty of lacking concentration in moments of the game and we will need a box-to-box display if we are to gain victory.In attack, Alexis will no doubt get the nod, even if he was lacklustre in our last game against Man city. He ran only 3km more than our goalkeeper in that game, and we need far more from him. Interestingly, Danny Welbeck is now fit and raring to go, and his workrate would be a welcome asset in this game. Worryingly though, if Welbeck does get an instant return to the lineup, it will most likely be in place of record signing Lacazette rather than Sanchez. The Frenchman must start, and if fans were to share their opinion, most would be calling out for two up front with Lacazette up top alongside Giroud.That will not happen, but it does show we have a wealth of attacking options. With our last game leaving us a fight to get back into the top four, we usually bounce back after a defeat. What a welcome tonic that would be. We must also remember though, that this is the month of November.The eleventh month of the year is statistically the worst on average for Wenger in his tenure for points per game. It is a great time to break that habit. Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane pose a very real threat to any hopes we carry of recovering our league placing. Eriksen may have been in action for Denmark in their play-off game against Republic of Ireland - but Kane and Alli were afforded a welcome rest from international duty. This means they could ‘recover’ from their respective ‘injuries’, and they will be raring to go against us.Our front three on paper is actually superior to theirs. Lacazette has been banging in goals prolifically longer than Kane, Alexis Sanchez is genuinely world class compared to the petulant and unproven Alli and Mesut Ozil has been doing it longer and at a higher level than Eriksen. The reason it is so close to call is because consistency is something that has been robbed from two of our three this season. Alli has been turning it on for a season and a half, Kane for three - and Eriksen has been outperforming Ozil for over a season.They finished above us for the first time in over 21 years last season. We need to be aiming to put them back where they belong.Predicted lineup - Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette.