The Evening Standard have revealed that Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney are both expected to be fit for Tottenham’s trip to the Emirates on Saturday.
The North London derby on Saturday will serve as an acid test to Arsenal and Spurs, who have both started the season in exceptional form, having picked 18 and 17 points respectively from the 21 on offer so far.
The Gunners did appear to have some injury concerns ahead of the game, with Odegaard missing the clash against Brentford last week due to a knock on his calf.
However, the attacking midfielder recovered in time to start for Norway their Nations League clash against Slovenia on Saturday, with the Arsenal man getting 71 minutes under his belt before being replaced by Benfica midfielder Fredrik Aursnes.
The Evening Standard state that barring any further setbacks, Odegaard will surely start again for Norway against Serbia in Oslo on Tuesday and will be available for selection against Spurs.
Meanwhile, another injury doubt, Tierney also recovered to start for Scotland in their Nations League win over the Republic of Ireland.
Although the left-back was withdrawn just before half-time, Scotland manager Steve Clarke confirmed there was nothing to be worried about regarding the Arsenal man.
Clarke is quoted as saying by The Standard regarding Tierney and Aaron Hickey of Brentford, who was also substituted: “Both of them are okay. We took Kieran off as a precaution. Aaron felt a tightness, so we took him off as a precaution.”
The Evening Standard add that Mikel Arteta’s men need to assess Thomas Partey, who returned home early after sustaining a knee injury before Ghana’s friendly defeat by Brazil.
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Odegaard is obviously a key player for Arsenal but they have sufficient cover for the Norwegian in the form of Fabio Vieira.
Partey will be a much bigger miss for Arteta’s men if he is not fit for the derby as they are not the same team with Sambi Lokonga or Mohamed Elneny in the middle of the park.
Let’s hope that from a Tottenham perspective, both Ben Davies and Hugo Lloris are passed fit for the clash on Saturday.
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