Arsene Wenger has handed Gunners fans a big boost ahead of the North London Derby with the news that four players could return for the clash. Hector Bellerin, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla missed the Champions League match this week but could all be passed fit for Sunday (via Arsenal.com).
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Match: Arsenal v Tottenham
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Kick-Off (GMT): Sun 6 Nov 12:00
News broke this morning that Spurs have had some bad luck on the injury front with reports that Mousa Dembele could miss Sunday’s match. Things are a little better for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger used his pre-match press conference to say that up to four key players could return to the Emirates on Sunday.
Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla have all missed the last two matches and the trio was joined on the sidelines by Hector Bellerin on Tuesday night. The Boss put to bed some fears over the players’ fitness, saying that while there is some uncertainty, all four could return for the match.
“The players who did not travel like Walcott, Monreal, Cazorla there is still some uncertainty,” Wenger said, “Walcott is the closest to come back and we’ll have some tests today.
“Hector has a test. I didn’t count him at the start because I left him at home for the game because I was cautious with him, he could have played maybe in Bulgaria but I think he should be alright [for Sunday].
“[Monreal] has tests today and tomorrow and then we will decide.”
Of the four, the player who looks most likely to miss out is Santi Cazorla.
“He has not practiced yet,” Wenger confirmed, “he’ll try to go out today and see how it goes. He’s a doubt.
“We still have some uncertainties. Kieran Gibbs has been touched on his shoulder and we don’t know how he’ll respond to that.”
Spurs could be without three of their most important players and Arsenal could welcome back four of theirs so it’s good news on the injury front. The Gunners are undoubtedly going into the match in better shape and will be hoping for another North London Derby victory on Sunday.