By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger is expected to make five changes to the Arsenal team that beat Champions League minnows Ludogorets 3-2 on Tuesday evening.

It is likely that the Gunners manager will rejig his starting XI as he picks the strongest possible side against bitter rivals Tottenham for the Sunday lunchtime clash.

Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott are all in line for recalls, with David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud set to drop to the bench.

Leading scorer Alexis Sanchez is expected to spearhead the attack, with Giroud dropping out of the starting eleven.

The France striker has scored three goals in his last two appearances for the Gunners, but Wenger is expected to choose the more dynamic Sanchez against the Premier League’s tightest defence.

With Sanchez moving to the striker role it is likely that young star Alex Iwobi will return into the left side of the attacking midfield three given his impressive start to the season.

The big decision for Wenger is whether to start Walcott, who has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury but took part in first-team training on Saturday.

The England international has been on fire this season, scoring eight goals from 11 matches in all competitions.

Behind them will be central midfield pair Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka, who is expected to get the nod to start ahead of Mohamed Elneny and fit-again Ramsey. Santi Cazorla was once again absent from training on Saturday and is expected to miss out once again with an achilles injury.

The back four of Monreal, Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny will be looking to play at the top of their game as they look to earn the Gunners a vital three points in the north London derby.

Meanwhile, the experienced Cech is set to take his place in goal ahead of Champions League keeper Ospina.

In other Arsenal team news, defender Per Mertesacker has revealed that games like Tuesday night’s win against Ludogorets is his motivation to return to full fitness.