Arsenal are searching for their third successive Premier League win when they host Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby this afternoon.
The Gunners have bounce back from a difficult start and earned victories over Norwich City and Burnley to put themselves within touching distance of their arch rivals.
Spurs, on the other hand, began the season superbly, winning their opening three matches but have slumped since the international break, losing their next two.
It’s poised to be an important test for Mikel Arteta’s youthful side after their summer spending spree which saw Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard all come in for big-money fees.
The trio have started their last two league games, whilst fellow new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has also impressed following his move from Bologna.
But all eyes will be on the Spaniard to see if he selects Albert Sambi Lokonga for the game against Tottenham, with Granit Xhaka back from suspension.
The Swiss international was sent off in the 5-0 defeat against Manchester City, which saw Lokonga partner Thomas Partey in a midfield-two.
This could be Arteta’s toughest dilemma, but some Arsenal supporters are calling for Xhaka to come straight back into the starting XI.
Here’s what they had to say.
@torpeedo : Whatever we put out there today, Xhaka must start! Still better with him in the side and he makes Partey better. #AFC
@osowxvyy : Xhaka needs to start
@EBL2017 : In the last few games Arsenal have dominated the first 20 odd minutes from a technical perspective before failing to maintain that momentum due to a lack of experience and overly aggressive play when the game doesn’t call for it. It’s a no-brainer for Arteta to start Xhaka today
@smeagol_11 : Right Mikel no messing around with the team today I expect to see Xhaka but I don’t want no weird experiment. I want our best back 4 Ramsdale in goal and a strong attack and then let’s go at these lot and smash them.
@king_kieran : Praying Xhaka starts today
@Br3dajay : Exactly so for me Aouar was the best fit but until then. We still need to stick to Xhaka but honestly he’s good when he gets a good game.
@gstan86 : Xhaka with partey is our best midfield pairing
@itsreallytunde : Xhaka and partey is literally one of the best pivots it!