Mesut Özil misses out on north London derby with 'back injury' 2 years ago

Mesut Özil misses out on north London derby with 'back injury'

It's a recurring problem for him

Mesut Özil will play no part in the north London derby this afternoon, as he misses out after suffering a 'back spasm', according to Arsenal.

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Unai Emery has opted to field three central defenders, as he looks to contain Spurs' overlaps in the wide areas of the pitch.

In his 3-4-3 formation, Alexandre Lacazette has also dropped to the bench, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iowbi starting behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack.

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Tottenham are also without a key player as Toby Alderweireld drops to the bench, presumably due to a lack of fitness, and is replaced by Juan Foyth.

Foyth has put in some impressive performances recently but his inexperience makes him a liability at the back, something Arsenal will look to exploit.

Moussa Sissoko keeps his place in midfield alongside Eric Dier, after playing a huge part in Spurs' victory over Inter Milan midweek and Chelsea last weekend.

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