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Former Arsenal stars Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Guendouzi could haunt Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League with current Gunner and Manchester United on loan


Tottenham Hotspur will face a host of former Premier League foes and rivals when they take on Marseille on Wednesday – live on talkSPORT.

And that includes a selection of ex-Arsenal stars, their north London rivals.

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Antonio Conte’s side will face some familiar faces this week

As Spurs look to improve their second prize from 2019

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As Spurs look to improve their second prize from 2019

Spurs’ two-year absence from the Champions League is finally coming to an end this week.

But plenty of familiar faces will stand in their way in their first game of European glory.

Antonio Conte’s side will host Ligue 1 side Marseille in what will be the Italian’s first Champions League game for his side, as Spurs play their first group stage tie in the competition. This year.

And the France squad – who currently sit second in their league – are made up of former stars from Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Spurs will even face one of their former goalkeepers.

So who are these ex-Premier League stars who could return to haunt Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday?

Former Gunners star Sanchez is one player Spurs fans won't be eager to face

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Former Gunners star Sanchez is one player Spurs fans won’t be eager to face


Arsenal Army

Facing an ex-Gunner would generate enough boos from the local faithful, let alone the Marseille four.

The most notable of the former Arsenal stars in the France squad, however, has to be Alexis Sanchez.

The striker used to score against Spurs during his days at the Emirates, netting against them three times in the North London derbies.

Of course, the Chilean also had a spell with Spurs’ other Premier League rivals Manchester United, but he didn’t score against them at Old Trafford.

So, the 33-year-old could be back to reduce his Champions League goal difference given he’s already scored three times in five games this season.

Alongside Sanchez in the former Gunners Marseille ranks are left-back Sead Kolasinac, who joined French side Arsenal in January, and their summer signing Matteo Guendouzi.

Gunners loanee Nuno Tavares – who featured in his parent club’s 3-0 derby win over Spurs last season – is also part of the Marseille squad and has been marking this campaign since his transfer.

North London Derby: What's changed since Arsenal beat Tottenham in November?

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Sanchez loved the net against Spurs

And Tavares, on loan from Arsenal, will also want to get one against his parent club's north London rivals.

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And Tavares, on loan from Arsenal, will also want to get one against his parent club’s north London rivals.

Former Premier League enemies

The Arsenal exiles aren’t the only ones giving Spurs deja vu, however.

Former West Ham player Dimitri Payet, who joined the Ligue 1 club in 2017 from the Hammers, has faced Tottenham twice during his time in east London.

However, the Frenchman might not be able to score his first goal against Spurs given he is doubtful for the game with a calf injury suffered in his side’s 2-0 win over AJ Auxerre .

Meanwhile, Conte’s side could also face Manchester United loanee Eric Bailly, Manchester City loanee Issa Kabore, as well as former Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout and former Newcastle centre-back. , Chancel Mbemba.

Bailly joined Marseille on loan at the end of last month

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Bailly joined Marseille on loan at the end of last month

Lopez was on loan to Tottenham for the 2016/17 season from Espanyol

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Lopez was on loan to Tottenham for the 2016/17 season from Espanyol

Ironically, Spurs will also come up against their former goalkeeper Pau Lopez, with the 27-year-old likely to be between the sticks.

And he may have a point to prove considering he’s never made a competitive appearance for them.

Talk about reforming the band…

You can listen to the live and exclusive commentary of Tottenham against Marseille in the Champions League from 7 p.m. tonight

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.



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