Confirmed Tottenham v Arsenal lineups: Dembele in surprise return, Elneny starts

Here is how Tottenham and Arsenal will line up this afternoon...

Tottenham and Arsenal lock horns at White Hart Lane this afternoon in one of the biggest games of the season, both locally and in the Premier League title race.

The two North London rivals are both chasing the title, but took major blows in midweek, as Spurs lost to West Ham United, whilst Arsenal were embarrassingly beaten by Swansea City.

Today, Spurs are able to hand a return to midfielder Mousa Dembele, who is surprisingly in the side despite Mauricio Pochettino sounding unsure whether the Belgian would be available for today's game.

After being on the bench against West Ham, Dele Alli returns to the starting line-up today, whilst Erik Lamela is given the nod out wide over Son Heung-min.

Son is on the bench alongside the ikes of Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason, as Spurs look to pile the pressure back on leaders Leicester today.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are in turmoil after a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last weekend and 2-1 loss against Swansea in midweek, as the pressure mounts on manager Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners' title bid is in danger of falling apart, and a defeat today could put the nail in the Arsenal coffin.

Laurent Koscielny again misses out as Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista start in central defence, whilst David Ospina is called upon in goal with Petr Cech out through injury.

January signing Mohamed Elneny starts in midfield alongside Francis Coquelin, meaning Aaron Ramsey moves out to the right hand side in place of Joel Campbell, whilst Danny Welbeck starts up front instead of Olivier Giroud.

Giroud joins Cambpell, Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal on the bench, as Kieran Gibbs is handed a surprise start at left back this afternoon.

Tottenham lineup


  • Hugo Lloris
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Danny Rose
  • Kyle Walker
  • Kevin Wimmer
  • Dele Alli
  • Mousa Dembélé
  • Eric Dier
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Erik Lamela
  • Harry Kane

Substitutes: Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Tom Carroll, Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason, Son Heung-Min.

Arsenal lineup


  • David Ospina
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Gabriel Paulista
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Mohamed Elneny
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Mesut Özil
  • Alexis Sánchez
  • Danny Welbeck

Substitutes: Matt Macey, Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini, Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott.

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