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Arsenal v Tottenham - Carabao Cup Derby

Seventeen days after we vanquished our neighbours in the Premier League, we have another North London derby - this time in the Carabao Cup.Tottenham rock up to The Emirates once more, but this game may just have a slightly different feel to the feverish, non-stop action that our 4-2 win less than three weeks ago had.Much hinges on the approach of Unai Emery in this competition. Our previous round was a tight win over Blackpool, and the Spanish coach went with a rotated side against the lower league Seasiders, but with this being high on the fans agenda, and a North London derby loss never acceptable, Emery may well name a much stronger side.Mauricio Pochettino has named a strong side in this competition previously, and their dearth of silverware means tottenham don’t have the option of rotating too heavily. They need to go all out to win - and so must we.Despite fixtures coming nearly every three days during December, and our last game ending in a loss, we cannot afford to weaken our team. Could this mean the same eleven that so deservedly won 4-2 on the 2nd of December?Team NewsThat day saw three centre-backs play and we went with high wing-backs in Bellerin and Kolasinac, so our defence at the very least will be vastly different. Laurent Koscielny may well be playing his third game in less than a week after his return from a lengthy absence, but Bellerin and Kolasinac are both ruled out.This will mean a start for Stephane Lichtsteiner at right-back, and a straight fight between Nacho Monreal and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the left hand spot. Shkodran Mustafi’s hamstring is being assessed, while Sokratis should be available.In midfield, Lucas Torreira is pretty much a cert and can’t really be omitted, such is his importance to our dynamic. Granit Xhaka could return to his more familiar role, but Aaron Ramsey may well be used after his super cameo in the win over spurs on the 2nd.Tottenham may name a rotated defence, with Juan Foyth and Davidson Sanchez available again, and Paolo Gazzaniga will keep the gloves after being nominated the Carabao Cup keeper.In attack, we may name our two strikers, Aubameyang and Lacazette, in the lineup after both were instrumental in the win over tottenham. Mesut Ozil is angling for a start too, and the poor form of Alex Iwobi may give him the spot. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has shone recently, and the Armenian could retain his spot from the loss at Southampton.What to ExpectThis game should carry some of the blood and thunder from three weeks ago, but both teams will have one eye on their impending Premier League fixtures, and we play Burnley on Saturday, just three days after this game.We have won the last two League Cup matches against tottenham, although this will be of little significance for this game. What will matter is central midfield.If Lucas torreira can harness the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissokho, we can overrun them like we did a few weeks back. That will mean free rein for Aubameyang and or Lacazette, who could stand to profit.Alternatively, our shuffled backline could mean openings for Son, Ali and Kane, who will most likely feature in this game, with both coaches keen to progress and earn bragging rights.This is a tough game to call, and could go either way, but with both managers under pressure to achieve, this could be a viable option for success.Regardless, this is still a North London Derby, and it should be relentless and no holds barred.PredictionsPredicted Lineup - Cech, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, LacazettePredicted Scoreline - 2-1 to The Arsenal