Arsenal vs Tottenham: EFL Cup preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

Tottenham will be out for vengeance when they face bitter rivals Arsenal in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.

It is the second time Spurs travel to the Emirates this month, with the first visit ending in a crushing 4-2 defeat.

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Lucas Torreira grabbed the fourth goal against Spurs

Both clubs were charged for failing to control their players as tempers flared and the match threatened to boil over following Eric Dier’s first-half leveller.

Since then, Arsenal have slipped below Tottenham in the league and their 22-match unbeaten streak came to an end at Southampton on Sunday.

There is a lot more than just an EFL Cup semi-final up for grabs in this north London grudge match.

Where can I listen?

Arsenal vs Tottenham is live on talkSPORT, kick-off 7.45pm.

What the managers are saying

Unai Emery (Arsenal): “I think football is emotion. In a derby, maybe this emotion is greater. When you win it’s amazing, when you lose it’s horrible. Respect is very important.

“We can show this emotion with respect when we are playing but also when they scored against us, they can show their emotion with their supporters.”

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Both managers have called for calm this time round

Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs): “Tomorrow, of course an important game, but to learn from a few weeks ago it will be a different game and approach.

“The competition is different. All the team are going to do many rotations. Maybe I surprise you and not rotate too much.”

Team news

Arsenal full-backs Hector Bellerin (calf) and Sead Kolasinac (thigh) will not be risked, while centre-back duo Rob Holding (knee) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) are still sidelined – although Sokratis Papastathopoulos is back after a ban.

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Bellerin picked up a knock at Southampton

Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) is being assessed while Emery will not want to rely on fit-again Laurent Koscielny three times in a week – Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Emile Smith Rowe (hip) also miss out.

Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier will miss out for Tottenham – both players are out of action until January with respective thigh and appendix issues.

Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth (both hamstring) are fit, but Mousa Dembele (ankle), Serge Aurier (groin) and Victor Wanyama (knee) miss out.

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Ramsey; Lacazette

Tottenham: Vorm; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies; Winks, Skipp; Son, Alli, Lucas; Kane

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