Arsenal have released the latest set of training photos ahead of the North London Derby against Tottenham this weekend with the images possible showing an injury boost and blow for the Gunners.
Arsenal take on Tottenham in the latest North London Derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday. The Gunners go into the clash as favourites having won the reverse fixture and 14 of their 17 Premier League games this season, but they head to a ground where they are yet to taste anything other than defeat.
Since the opening of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2019, the Gunners have lost all three of their meetings there against Spurs by an aggregate score of 7-1. However, Arteta’s table-toppers are in the best position to end that unwanted streak and further cement their spot at the Premier League’s summit.
Both managers undertook their pre-match press conference duties on Friday, with Antonio Conte handing a key Dejan Kulusevski update. When asked about the latest injury news, the Italian said: “The news for sure the situation is going to improve, especially for Deki, for Kulusevski. He had training sessions in the last few days with us. He’s going to be ready to play.”
Arteta’s side were given a significantly shorter break from FA Cup third-round action after beating Oxford on Monday evening, whereas Spurs bypassed Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon. Nonetheless, the Spaniard has still been working his players hard, as seen by images released by the club. With that in mind, here’s four things football.london noticed from the latest sessions at London Colney.
“Saka is fine”, was Arteta’s response after the 21-year-old limped off in the FA Cup clash against Oxford and a similar stance was reiterated in his pre-Spurs press conference on Friday. However, perhaps there should be some concern surrounding his fitness, with the Hale End grad not clearly appearing in any of the 24 training photos posted to Arsenal’s official website.
The England international picked up a knock in the thumping win over Nottingham Forest earlier in the season which saw him as an early withdrawal but he was then available for the Gunners in their next game.