Mikel Arteta’s north London derby plan exposed after convincing Arsenal win

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes manager Mikel Arteta should give consideration to playing Alexandre Lacazette in the No 10 position in Sunday's north London derby with Tottenham.

In a much-changed starting XI from the team which lost 2-1 to Wolves on Sunday, Lacazette started against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League behind central striker Eddie Nketiah.

And the French forward opened the scoring in the 10th minute when has lashed home a swerving shot from distance.

In his 63 minutes on the pitch, Lacazette dropped deep to link the midfield and attack, a position Mesut Ozil once revelled in for the Gunners.

Lacazette has started Arsenal's last two league matches on the bench but Arteta could now be tempted to use him behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Spurs.

And Keown feels the introduction of Lacazette could give an added dimension to Arsenal's attack in the derby.

"Well it depends how much Arteta really believes in what he saw tonight," Keown said on BT Sport.

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"Coupled with the fact the opposition weren't very good. Tottenham Hotspur are going to be a totally different opposition.

"Tottenham do sit deeper and invite the opposition on so he might want to get extra bodies in the final third. Now this is a way of doing it.

"This might be a look ahead to the weekend."

Speaking after the match, Arteta said he was impressed with how Lacazette performed.

"It was a good game in that position, I think it suits him, it gives him a bit of freedom and he is really good at linking play in those positions," he said.

"He worked really hard and scored a beautiful goal."

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