Predicted Arsenal XI to play Tottenham Hotspur - Who comes in to replace Ozil?

Match to be played on Sunday 16th March 2014 at 16:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Arsenal may be out of the Champions League but a domestic double is still on as the Gunners look to win at White Hart Lane to do another double over Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Arsene Wenger has several injuries to contend with ahead of the game but Arsenal can still name a very strong side for the North London derby as the team looks to react from the disappointment of the tie against Bayern Munich.

Here’s the side Wenger could go with.

GK – Wojciech Szczesny

The Pole will be refreshed having not played against Bayern earlier this week. He should return in goal.

RB – Bacary Sagna

The Frenchman will be an important player on the right hand side of defence. He may be faced up against Christian Eriksen, arguably Tottenham’s most creative midfielder.

CB – Per Mertesacker

Mertesacker should be well up for the challenge of playing against the Tottenham attack. It doesn’t really matter whether he’s up against Emmanuel Adebayor or Roberto Soldado, Arsenal will get the same consistency from him.

CB – Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny should slot into the side next to him. His great pace will allow Mertesacker to take more risks because Koscielny can react if any Tottenham players get in behind.

LB – Thomas Vermaelen

Vermaelen played well at left-back against Bayern Munich considering the calibre of the attacking players he was faced with. Wenger shouldn’t have any worries about using him in this role again.

RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox was outstanding against Bayern Munich and retains his place. He may start on the right but he also showed during that 1-1 draw how effective he can be through the middle.

DM – Mathieu Flamini

Flamini will protect the defence if he starts. He’s the sort of player who will break up the game and make it difficult for Tottenham to build any sort of momentum.

CM – Mikel Arteta

Arteta will provide leadership and can sit in the middle of the team. He’s experienced enough to know when to drop off and help out Flamini but also went to get forward and press in attack.

AM – Santi Cazorla

The Spaniard should slot into Mesut Ozil’s role. Arsenal will try and get him onto the ball as quickly as possible because he can really hurt Tottenham if they gave him too much time and space.

LM – Lukas Podolski

The German should keep his place on the left hand wing. Expect to see him move forward and partner Olivier Giroud in attack if Arsenal are controlling the game.

ST – Olivier Giroud

Giroud’s job is simple; occupy both central defenders and create space for others to run into and exploit. A goal wouldn’t hurt either.

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