Arsenal predicted XI vs Tottenham as Granit Xhaka returns but Nicolas Pepe misses out

After being decimated by the earthquake that was their start to the Premier League season, Arsenal are slowly starting to win again.

Back-to-back 1-0 victories over Norwich and Burnley combined with safe passage into the Carabao Cup fourth round courtesy of a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon have done a fair amount to restore the confidence around the Emirates, but you get the feeling that there are plenty who still aren’t convinced.

To truly win the doubters over Mikel Arteta needs a landmark victory that he can point to as evidence of progress in the right direction.

What better opportunity could there be then, than a North London Derby at home to Tottenham?

The Gunners’ steady resurgence has been largely built on a defensive solidity that has been found in their new look back line.

Key to that has been the charisma and confidence of Aaron Ramsdale who will surely keep his place in goal despite reports Bernd Leno could return.