Date: 14th March 2021
Time: 10:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Emirates Stadium
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Arsenal are set to lock horns with Tottenham in a highly-anticipated North London derby on Sunday. After suffering from loss of form, both the teams seemed to have found their rhythm in recent matches. While Spurs are coming to this contest on the back of three consecutive wins, the Gunners have secured four points in last 2 matches. With two of the most tactical managers on both sides in the form of Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho, the stage is set for a high-voltage derby on Sunday.
The hosts have a fully-fit squad available for this crucial contest. Emile Smith Rowe was on the bench during Arsenal's Europa League clash and could feature in the Playing XI.
The visitors will have one key absentee in the form of Giovani Lo Celso who is suffering from a back niggle. While there was an injury scare with captain Harry Kane suffering from a knee issue, he is expected to be fit to start for Spurs.
Martin Odegaard produced a spectacular goal in the previous Europa League clash against Olympiacos to open his account for Arsenal. It was a brilliant all-round performance from the midfielder and he could be an X-Factor in this contest. Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe are two players who have shown glimpses of magic this season and could be players to watch out for. In the defense, David Luiz has handled the responsibilities for the Gunners, also scoring a goal in the win over Leicester. Meanwhile, skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will undoubtedly be the key man for Mikel Arteta's side offensively.
Gareth Bale is coming on the back of 4 goals in last 3 games for Spurs and could play a crucial role in this contest. He has discovered his form in recent times and is looking hungry to score goals. Harry Kane and Heung-min Son are undoubtedly the key players for Jose Mourinho. The star duo has already combined for record-breaking 14 goals this season and has played a key role in almost all wins for Spurs. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has registered 2 cleansheets in last 3 games and has been impressive at goal in recent matches. Sergio Reguilon could start at the left back position and might produce a few thunderous crosses which could lead to goals.
Probable Playing XI
Bernd Leno; Kieran Tierney, Gabriel, David Luiz, Cedric Soares; Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Hugo Lloris; Sergio Reguilon, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Matt Doherty; Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, Gareth Bale; Harry Kane
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Hugo Lloris
Defenders: Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz
Midfielders: Martin Odegaard, Lucas Moura, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka
Strikers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Harry Kane, Gareth Bale, Heung-min Son
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