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Arsenal at Luton Town: tiny desk (ground) concert (match)

The Gunners shouldn’t take the Hatters lightly.

Luton Town v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

Arsenal travel to newly promoted Luton Town looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table, even if only temporarily. The Gunners are two points clear of Liverpool and three of Manchester City. Luton have climbed out of the bottom three, two points (9) ahead of Everton and Burnley (7 each).

Today’s contest has all the hallmarks of a banana peel match for the Gunners — against a team they might overlook and underestimate, away from home, and before a big game at the weekend. The points count the same regardless of who they come against. Mikel Arteta will need to make sure his side is prepared and ready for what could prove a tricky foe.

Arsenal have won six of the last seven matches against Premier League opponents they’ve met for the first time, although the most recent instance, against Brentford two seasons ago, was a loss. The Gunners have also won 12 of 13 against newly promoted opponents, the only blemish being the loss in May to Nottingham Forest. Arsenal have kept four away clean sheets and only conceded three goals on the road so far this season.

The Gunners will need to keep their focus in today’s match for several reasons. First, after a dreadful start to the season, Luton are playing better football. They drew Liverpool at Kenilworth Road at the start of November and beat Crystal Palace at the end of the month. Second, they’ve scored 9 of their 13 Premier League goals in the final 15 minutes of the match. Arsenal would do well to put the game out of reach early so that Luton’s penchant for late heroics doesn’t snatch points.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is a doubt for Arsenal, and unlikely to be risked with Ben White having only played 45 minutes against Wolves. Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and Jurrien Timber are all out for Mikel Arteta.

Luton may be without captain Tom Lockyer and Teden Menghi, who both came off at the weekend with knee issues. Marvelous Nakamba, Dann Potts, Mads Anderson, Cauley Woodrow, and Reece Burke are all out for the visitors. Sambi Lokonga, who is back fit following an early season hamstring injury, is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Arsenal - Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice, Havertz, Ødegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Luton Town - Kaminski, Kabore, Mengi, Osho, Bell, Doughty, Mpanzu, Barkley, Townsned, Adebayo, Brown

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WHAT: Arsenal at Luton Town
WHERE: Kenilworth Road, Luton
WHEN: Tuesday, December 5th 12:15 pm PT | 3:15 pm ET | 9:15 pm BT
US TV: Streaming on Peacock.