CONFIRMED: Arsenal & Tottenham line-ups - Gnabry and Bentaleb start

Here is how Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will line-up for this afternoon’s match at the Emirates Stadium:

Arsenal starting XI: Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Gnabry, Walcott

Subs: Viviano, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Flamini, Ozil, Podolski, Park

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Bentaleb, Dembele, Eriksen, Adebayor, Soldado

Subs: Friedel, Fredericks, Fryers, Capoue, Chadli, Kane, Obika

In what is largely a disappointing third-round draw, this FA Cup tie shines like a beacon in an otherwise star-free night. And even if you think that is a tad too poetic, there is no denying all eyes will be on today’s late kick-off for a much-welcomed extra North London derby.

Olivier Giroud has already confirmed he will be watching this match from his sick-bed, while Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs also miss out.

Tottenham have received a welcome boost with the news that Emmanuel Adebayor is fit after the injury he suffered at Old Trafford.

This is the sixth time the fierce rivals have met in the FA Cup, with Arsenal having the slight advantage of three wins to two.

As the last trophy Arsenal won, it will obviously be one they wish to do well in. And yet for the first time in a long time, they may see this as a distraction, sitting as they currently do at the top of the Premier League.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood on the other hand will see this as the ideal chance to prove he is the right man for the job – in both the short term and for years to come.

What do you think the result will be this afternoon?

image: © michael hilton

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