Arsenal Team News vs Tottenham – Tomiyasu & Smith Rowe Back?
Crikey, where to start?
With Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith Rowe having not recovered in time to even make the bench against Liverpool, it doesn’t bode well for their chances of involvement on Sunday. As hopeful as we can be, it will require some turnaround for the injured pair to be back fit.
Losing Cedric to an injury less than ten minutes into the game, while not concerning from a quality standpoint, just adds to the selection woes.
Martin Odegaard is going to be a huge miss, too. Confirmed to have contracted Covid before the Liverpool draw, he’s now certain to miss out on the derby despite isolation time being reduced to five days.
Xhaka has, quite frankly, screwed Arsenal. His ban couldn’t have come at a worse time and with a loan deal for Arthur still in the works it leaves Arsenal perilously thin in central areas. Bukayo Saka, too, had to limp off late on hopes are that it was only cramp.
As for Tottenham, they are in far better shape.
They still do have four absences for this one, though, with central defensive pairing Eric Dier and Cristiano Romero still nursing injuries and not due to be back in time for the derby.
Steven Bergwijn, who is being linked with a January exit, is suffering from a calf problem and unavailable, yet the major boost for Arsenal is that the hosts won’t be able to call upon Son Heung-min, who is set to be out until February.
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