Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Tottenham: Unchanged for NLD

  • Arsenal travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday
  • Gunners could be unchanged from Chelsea triumph
  • Jurrien Timber pushing to be included
Arsenal visit north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday afternoon
Arsenal visit north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday afternoon / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

North London derbies don't get much bigger than this.

Arsenal collapsed in N17 the last time they took on their crosstown rivals at the business end of the season, but the latest iteration of Mikel Arteta's Gunners are a farcry from the 2021/22 side that was then competing for a mere top-four berth.

If Arsenal are to usurp Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, victory in Sunday's derby is paramount.

The Gunners have impressively bounced back from a sticky April period to ensure they remain in the title hunt, with their performance against Chelsea on Tuesday night perhaps their most imperious of the season. The manner of their midweek triumph means changes to Arteta's XI for the NLD are unlikely.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Tottenham

Here's how Arsenal could line up for Sunday's North London Derby.

Leandro Trossard, Declan Rice
Arsenal could be unchanged from Tuesday's thumping of Chelsea / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - Raya is closing in on Golden Glove honours, recording back-to-back clean sheets in the wake of Arsenal's Champions League exit.

Ben White (RB) - Fresh off his midweek brace, White will duel the spritely Timo Werner in Sunday's derby.

William Saliba (CB) - Ange's Spurs will undoubtedly test this stern Arsenal backline. Their propensity for cutbacks and driven crosses will test the Gunners' centre-backs.

Gabriel (CB) - Gabriel's positional sense will be put to the test by Tottenham's wing play, and the Brazilian will be tasked with taming sharpshooter Son Heung-min.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) - There's genuine hope that Jurrien Timber will be involved on Sunday, but Tomiyasu is likely to start the derby.


Thomas Partey (DM) - Partey has surely played his way into the team this weekend after an excellent performance in midweek. He takes Arsenal's already stellar possession play to another level.

Declan Rice (CM) - Rice looked worn out not so long ago, but fatigue fears have been hushed by his two recent displays. He may well be doing some in behind running on Sunday.

Martin Odegaard (CM) - The skipper was majestic on Tuesday night, and he'll be looking to produce a similar display in a tough away fixture on Sunday. Odegaard will drop deep in a bid to maximise his touches, and Arsenal will turn to him to penetrate Tottenham's high defensive line.


Bukayo Saka (RW) - Saka must take advantage of Destiny Udogie's absence and make the most of his matchup with Ben Davies. The Welshman won't be able to match the winger physically, even if he's a reliable enough defender.

Kai Havertz (ST) - The man of the hour atoned for a wasteful first half by scoring twice after the restart against his former club in midweek. Can he continue his hot streak with a productive showing in the derby?

Leandro Trossard (LW) - Gabriel Martinelli is struggling to get a look in as a result of Trossard's form. The Belgian has scored three goals in his previous four Premier League outings.