Last season, as Arsenal faced the old geographical enemy at the Emirates, Mathieu Flamini began his second spell at the club when he was introduced as a 43rd minute substitute for Jack Wilshere.
The midfielder gave things a lift by getting well and truly stuck into Sp*rs (including this almost-dodgy smashing of Danny Rose), and he’s set to return to the squad for the weekend’s game.
He’s been missing since the Man City game, but according to Arsene Wenger, “The only difference compared to Villa and Southampton is that Mathieu Flamini might be available again. He had a dead leg. I feel he should be back.”
That means injury worries over Per Mertesacker (glute) and Kieran Gibbs have eased (body), and the two defenders who were ok to be on the bench in midweek will start on Saturday.