The Wales midfielder returns to the Gunners starting XI for the trip to White Hart Lane, whilst Jermain Defoe is fit enough to return to the Spurs bench
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas makes two changes to the side that won at West Ham last time out for the visit of bitter rivals Arsenal, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gylfi Sigurdsson coming into the side in place of Steven Caulker and Lewis Holtby.Former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor, who was sent off in the corresponding fixture earlier this season, leads the line for the home side, while fellow ex-Arsenal man William Gallas starts on the bench along with Jermain Defoe, who returns after an ankle injury.Arsene Wenger makes just one change from the side that defeated Aston Villa in their last game, with Aaron Ramsey replacing Abou Diaby, who drops out of the matchday squad with a calf problem.
France striker Olivier Giroud will start up front for Arsenal, with Theo Walcott operating in the right wing. Lukas Podolski continues on the bench, with Santi Cazorla expected to line-up on the left of midfield.
Tottenham starting XI:
Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dembele, Parker; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale; Adebayor.
Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Gallas, Carroll, Livermore, Holtby, Defoe.
Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal; Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey; Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla.
Subs: Koscielny, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Mannone, Gervinho.