PREVIEW By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
After their worst run of results since 2010, the pressure is on Arsenal going into a derby showdown with the added novelty factor of a title being at stake.
For further scarcity value, Tottenham are in the unusual position of starting the match as favourites for what feels like the first time in a generation.
Arsene Wenger will not be able to name his strongest team, as he is deprived of injured duo Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny, as well as long-term absentees Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
After Arsenal’s midfield capsized against Barcelona, Manchester United and Swansea, Wenger could introduce added bite in the central area by recalling Flamini and pushing the out-of-form Aaron Ramsey out wide.
That would mean dropping Joel Campbell, who impressed in midweek before being substituted, much to the chagrin of the home supporters.
Two star names who could be facing the axe are Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, who epitomise the lack of form of so many of Wenger’s big guns.
Sanchez has been way below par since returning from a hamstring injury over a month ago, while Ramsey has lost the scoring touch that elevates his game from the good to the very good.
Danny Welbeck is likely to start after being on the bench against Swansea and could lead the attack in place of the struggling Giroud.
Arsenal (possible): Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal; Coquelin, Flamini; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck.