Former Arsenal stars Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Guendouzi could haunt Tottenham Hotspur in Champions League along with current Gunner and Manchester United loanee September 7, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Tottenham Hotspur will face a whole host of former foes and Premier League rivals when they come up against Marseille on Wednesday – live on talkSPORT.
And this includes a selection of their north London rivals Arsenal‘s ex-stars.
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 to European glory.
Antonio Conte’s side will welcome Ligue 1 side Marseille in what will be the Italian’s first Champions League match with his team, as Spurs play their first group stage game of this year’s competition.
And the French team – that currently sit second in their league – is made up of ex-Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Newcastle stars.
Spurs are even going to face one of their former goalkeepers.
So, who are these ex-Premier League stars that could come back to haunt Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday?
Army of Arsenal
Going up against one ex-Gunner would generate enough boos from the home faithful as it is – let alone Marseille’s four.
The most notable of the former Arsenal stars present in the French team’s squad though has to be Alexis Sanchez.
The forward had a habit of scoring against Spurs back during his days at the Emirates, netting against them three times in 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 whilst at Old Trafford.
So, the 33-year-old could be back to dent their Champions League goal difference considering he’s already scored three times in five games this season.
Alongside Sanchez in Marseille’s former Gunner ranks is left-back Sead Kolasinac, who moved to the French outfit from Arsenal in January, as well as their summer signing, Matteo Guendouzi.
Gunners loanee Nuno Tavares – who came on in his parent club’s 3-0 derby win over Spurs last season – is also in Marseille’s squad and is scoring this campaign since his move.
Former Premier League Foes
Arsenal exiles aren’t the only ones that will be giving Spurs deja vu, though.
Former West Ham man Dimitri Payet, who joined the Ligue 1 club in 2017 from the Hammers, faced Tottenham twice during his time in east London.
However, the Frenchman may not be able to mark his first goal against Spurs, given he’s a doubt for the game with a calf injury sustained during 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 ex-Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout and former Newcastle centre-back, Chancel Mbemba.
Ironically, Spurs will also come up against their former goalkeeper Pau Lopez, with the 27-year-old likely to be in between the sticks.
And he may have a point to prove given he never made a competitive appearance for them.
Talk about getting the band back together…
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