Tottenham predicted team vs Arsenal: Nuno makes Ndombele and Skipp decision as Lucas returns



Nuno Espirito Santo will finally have plenty of selection decisions to make as he picks his Tottenham team for the north London derby at Arsenal on Sunday.

In his early weeks at the club the Spurs boss has had to manage injuries or absences aplenty, but he now has only Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon out injured.

That means Espirito Santo can pick an almost full strength starting XI and bench to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

Espirito Santo has decisions to make all over the pitch for this game but he he will also have to take into account the fact that some players will have started four games in 10 days if they line up at the Emirates Stadium.

“Each and every one of our players has to be really careful. We have to be really careful in how we decide and all these things, because we have different players in different momentums in terms of preparation,” he told football.london at his pre-match press conference.

“But I believe that in the moment that we are in that we must use the games and the matches to increase our levels of fitness, our levels of performance and the technical aspects of the team.

“So we still have a session to go. Today [Friday] was the second day of recovery after the Carabao Cup game and tomorrow we will look at them and make the decisions.”

At right-back, Espirito Santo must choose between the available again and more defensive Japhet Tanganga or the fully rested Emerson Royal or Matt Doherty.

At centre-back, his decision is likely to come between Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez to partner the fresher Eric Dier, with Joe Rodon unfortunate this season with his lack of game time.

In central midfield, Espirito Santo will have to make a call over whether Tanguy Ndombele can start four games in 10 days, having played the full 90 minutes in midweek, and also whether Oliver Skipp, who was excellent at Wolves drops to the bench or remains alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

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Further up the pitch, Bryan Gil also made a case for his inclusion on Sunday but the return of Lucas Moura from injury may have shut the door on that and it could see Giovani Lo Celso drop to the bench.

Here’s the team we reckon Espirito Santo could select:

4-3-3: Lloris; Tanganga, Romero, Dier, Reguilon; Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Alli; Lucas, Kane, Son.





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