By Harvey Byrne

Arsene Wenger is expected to make four changes to the team that battled to victory against Ludogorets on Tuesday evening.

It is likely that Alexis Sanchez will return to his striker role with France international Olivier Giroud dropping out of the starting eleven.

The powerful 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 following his breakthrough.

Wenger will be looking to name his best possible starting eleven against the Gunners’ fierce rivals, as neither team will take any chances in the fiercely contested clash.

Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech and Nacho Monreal are expected to be Wenger’s other changes with Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Kieran Gibbs dropping out.

Sanchez will be supported upfront by Iwobi alongside creative attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.

Behind them will be defensive midfield pair Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin, who will look to close down Spurs’ attacking midfield trio.

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 will also be looking to keep a clean sheet in the encounter, making his fifth in 11 appearances.

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.