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Arteta with headache before Tottenham game: Six player could miss the game because of injuries, some of them are starter

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Arsenal make their return to action in the Premier League against Tottenham in a huge north London derby clash following the international break. However, the Gunners come away from the two-week break with a squad in less than ideal shape for such an occasion.

Both sides have made a good start to the season – sitting first and third respectively – though Mikel Arteta will be hoping to enact his revenge on their near-neighbours after last season. Spurs managed to sneak into the top four over the Spaniard’s side in the final few games.

One of those key turning points came in the north London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that had to be rearranged due to Covid absences. A defeat to Newcastle the following match almost certainly condemned the Gunners to fifth, though there was little time to reflect.

A summer of heavy investment followed, with a number of key players joining the club for a total spend of over £100million. It led to a very quick start to the season, though there were still concerns over a perceived lack of depth across the squad if an injury crisis were to hit.

Well unfortunately for Arteta, he may face the nightmare scenario of that happening for the north London derby after a tough international break. Duo Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe were already ruled out of the clash with longer term injuries that will have to be eased back in for contention. Oleksandr Zinchenko missed the game against Brentford with a calf issue, also missing a call-up for the Ukraine squad as confirmed by the nation’s FA. understands the versatile star is expected to be fit for the clash, though he wasn’t pictured in training recently.

Then there’s a trio of early returns from the two-week break that could throw another spanner in the works. Thomas Partey was the first of those, having already struggled to battle off small issues that have kept him out of action in recent weeks and there was hope of a long-term return after facing Brentford.


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