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Arsenal vs Tottenham: Mikel Arteta drops hint on different ‘XI’ against Tottenham.

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Mikel Arteta drops hint on different XI against Tottenham

Arsenal recorded 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Elland road on Sunday but we may see different XI against Tottenham with Tomiyasu filling back to his right back position, leaving Cedric & Tavares to battle for the left back and Ben White coming back to action since the 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

Arsenal vs Tottenham: Tomiyasu playing left-back?

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was happy with right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu filling in at left-back against Leeds United.(Image: Getty)

Given the long-term absence of Kieran Tierney, Tomiyasu was tasked with filling in at left-back to nullify Leeds Raphina attack, but may be back to his right back position to face Tottenham crackerjack Heung-Min Son on Thursday.

Asked about the switch for Tomiyasu, Arteta stated post-game, per the club website: “It was for today, we cannot do things thinking about the next game.

“We believe it was the right thing to do today with what we wanted to do in that side, especially what Leeds had on the side”

Ben White Returns

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he expects to have Ben White fit for their trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

He replied: “I think so [he’ll be available against Tottenham].

“He’s starting to do a little bit of work on the pitch. We want everyone available.”

Arsenal visit Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday in a vital north London derby for Champions League qualification, with a win enough to get the job done against Tottenham.

Arsenal vs Tottenham
Arsenal vs Tottenham Thursday night’s derby is quite simply the biggest game Arsenal have played in years. (Image: Getty)

We don’t have to explain the importance of the match,” Arteta said, when looking ahead to Thursday night’s clash at Tottenham. “Everybody is aware of that.

“We want to prepare and go for that match like we always do,” Arteta said. “With the same enthusiasm, but knowing obviously that this can be a defining moment.

“That’s an extra level of motivation and another layer for us to really go for it. I can’t wait to play that game.”

Arsenal have a history of securing historic triumphs at the home of their bitter rivals. They won the first division title at White Hart Lane in 1971 and they repeated the trick in 2004 when Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles sealed their historic Premier League crown.

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