Jurrien Timber returns, Thomas Partey starts – Arsenal dream North London Derby line-up vs Spurs

How Arsenal could line up against Spurs

Arsenal are prepared to welcome Jurrien Timber back to the first-team fold in time for Sunday’s North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Following his highly-anticipated arrival from Dutch giants Ajax in the summer, the defender sustained a serious knee injury in the opening league match of the term against Nottingham Forest in August.

Taking the next step towards a full recovery, Timber featured for Arsenal’s Under-21s on Monday night, with Mikel Arteta claiming that the Dutchman could be involved at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

With the youngster unlikely to be thrown straight into the North London fire this weekend, Takehiro Tomiyasu is set to start back-to-back matches after missing the Wolverhampton Wanderers victory last Saturday as a precaution.

Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz continued their impressive goalscoring form during the 5-0 demolition of Chelsea on Tuesday night, and it is hard to see either dropping to the bench for this one.

Consequently, Brazilian duo Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus will be forced to settle for a place amongst the substitutes once again, alongside fellow attackers Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe.

Thomas Partey started this first Premier League match in over a month against Mauricio Pochettino‘s Blues, and the Ghanaian should retain his place with Declan Rice and the always-impressive Martin Odegaard in the Gunners’ engine room.

After doubling his top-flight goal tally for the campaign with a brace on Tuesday night, Ben White will look to continue his admirable form at right-back as the campaigns nears its conclusion.

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Raya; White, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomiyasu; Partey, Rice, Odegaard; Trossard, Saka, Havertz


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