Just as Arsenal have players returning from injury, others go and take up those spots in the treatment room. Although lacking match fitness, returning defensive duo Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are set to be available for the upcoming December run-in.
Sunday, however, won’t see them feature given the calibre of fixture and because they’re still not quite ready for Premier League football despite their welcome returns in the Europa League. Gabriel Martinelli edges ever closer to a first team return but his progress is being monitored carefully, with appearances in the New Year more likely.
David Luiz sat out the midweek clash with Rapid Vienna due to a cut on his forehead, but will be available, while both Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac could be in line for their first top-flight outings since the pair contracted COVID-19 while away on international duty.
The issue lies in midfield, where Thomas Partey‘s thigh strain continues to cause a fright. Mikel Arteta has sought to calm fears of an even longer lay-off, but all signs point towards Sunday being too soon, even if he returned to training on Friday…
For Tottenham, Jose Mourinho teased with the idea that Harry Kane might not be fit, but the striker could be dragged to hell by Satan himself five minutes before kick-off, be tied to a rock and left to endure a lifetime of torment and he’d still somehow miraculously play against Arsenal.
Toby Alderweireld, another who looked available for Sunday, is due to be fit in time to play, while Carlos Vinícius and Sergio Reguilon missed training at the start of the week but are also due to return. Erik Lamela will not feature.