Full Arsenal squad revealed for Tottenham in North London Derby as two miss out

Arsenal news as Mikel Arteta takes his side to Tottenham in good form with plenty to chose from for the North London Derby

Arsenal players in training

Mikel Arteta will once more have to leave out several senior players in his Arsenal squad for the short trip across north London to Tottenham on Sunday. The Gunners are close to having a fully fit group available.

Outside of Jurrien Timber – who is yet to make a return to first-team action following his knee injury on the opening day – there are no fresh worries for Arteta to deal with. “Yeah, availability we mentioned before, that it was something key,” he said ahead of the match.

“Apart from Jurrien it’s going to be very close that we have everybody available. That’s a huge boost that elevates the training sessions, the competition, between the players and the alternatives to pick the right lineups to change the game. It’s going to be something very important.”

He added: “We are going to have to make that decision tomorrow after the training session [on Timber] It’s very close. I don’t know if it is going to come a bit too early this one, but is very close, I’d say.”

It leaves Arsenal in perfect condition to head into their toughest remaining league game. They have the chance to move five points clear of Liverpool with just three games left to go, and would extend the gap to Manchester City to four with a win, even if that is only temporary.

Tottenham will pose a defiant obstacle though as they seek to keep up the pressure on Aston Villa in fourth place in the hunt to secure Champions League qualification. Ange Postecolgou’s side are able to welcome back some key players for the game as well in what is likely to be an eclectic atmosphere

For Arteta, the job is still simple. He must continue a resurgence that has seen two wins come in a row against Wolves and Chelsea following back-to-back spirit-hurting defeats to Aston Villa and Bayern Munich.

He will need to cut down his squad for the North London Derby though with only 20 players allowed in the matchday squad. The possible involvement of Timber, as well as recovery for Gabriel Magalhaes following a brief scare, Takehiro Tomiyasu’s return, and recent spike in availability for others, has left an almost fully-fit squad.

Reiss Nelson, Cedric Soares, and Fabio Vieira are the most natural players that could miss out if Timber is indeed to return. Here, football.london predicts what the squad will look like on Sunday:

Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, David Raya

Defenders: Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Jakub Kiwior, Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Midfielders: Thomas Partey, Declan Rice, Jorginho, Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard, Fabio Vieira.

Attackers: Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard.

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