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Arsenal v Tottenham: Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette in line to start against Spurs


Arsenal look set to play with two of their main player up top as they welcome their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates this weekend, with striker Danny Welbeck in line to feature in the game as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

The muscle problem saw him leave early from Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Watford last month and ruled him out of England's friendlies against Germany and Brazil, but the Daily Mail report that the England international has stepped up his work in training and could play for Arsenal on Saturday.

With Olivier Giroud picking up a knock of his own on international duty with France last week, Arsene Wenger could well use Welbeck from the start at the Emirates - with the versatile ex-Manchester United man scoring three times in six starts before his hamstring issue. 

By far Welbeck's most impressive performance of the season came against Bournemouth earlier in the season, scoring twice and setting up a third goal for club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette in a comfortable 3-0 win.

Lacazette is also likely to start against Tottenham, despite Wenger's bizarre reluctance to give his record signing and leading scorer a full 90 minutes, having bagged an impressive brace for France against Germany on Tuesday night before he was withdrawn for Antoine Griezmann with about 15 minutes to play. 

The France international has played the full 90 minutes just once for the Gunners this season; in the campaign opener against Leicester back in August which saw him open his account with a smart, directed header past Kasper Schmeichel. 

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