December 4, 2022

Arsenal faces North London rivals Tottenham in a season-defining match. A win here would give the Gunners the perfect treble. Obviously, they’d win to satisfy the supporters. They’d also end Spurs’ Champions League dreams. The icing on the cake would be confirmation of their own UEFA top-tier promotion.

Arsenal may have won their fourth game in a row, but they earned it. They looked to relax following Eddie Nketiah’s early brace. The outcome was predetermined when Luke Ayling was dismissed after just 30 minutes.

Predicted XI

Aaron Ramsdale leads the Gunners out. Despite recent criticism, he is Mikel Arteta’s best gloveman.

In this game, the defence may seem shaky again. I expect Ben White to start, but not at center-back. Right-back, I believe. He can stop Heung Min-Son better than Cedric Soares. So Rob Holding joins Gabriel in the Gunners’ defensive midfield.

Takehiro Tomiyasu will again play left-back.

Former Gunners captain Granit Xhaka will be one of two midfielders. The other is Egyptian Mohamed Elneny. Elneny’s Arsenal career has just been revived. He has seized the chance offered by Thomas Partey’s injury.

Martin Odegaard, the Norwegian superstar, will come in front of those two.

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli will provide attack breadth. If not Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe will fill in. But for now, I’m sticking with Brazilian.

Eddie Nketiah holds his spot after scoring twice against Leeds.

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