Arsenal Receive Huge Injury Boost Ahead of Vital Tottenham Hotspur Clash

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IINovember 16, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between  Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on August 18, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal look set to receive a huge boost ahead of their Premier League match this weekend against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur with injuries both for the Gunners and against Spurs set to work in the favor of Arsene Wenger's men.

The Gunners have struggled with injury problems all season throughout midfield and defense, and while a number of key players are still unavailable, they look set to welcome a host of players back into their lineup for this weekend's match.

Per The Telegraph:

Arsenal have received a triple injury boost ahead of Saturday's North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Wojciech Szczesny all confident of being fit for the game.

Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain were both omitted from the England squad that travelled to Stockholm for tonight’s friendly against Sweden due to injury but are back training with Arsenal and expect to be available on Saturday.

Szczesny has not started a match since the 6-1 drubbing of Southampton back in September but is almost certain to reclaim his place from Vito Mannone.

The Gunners will still be without underrated left-back Kieran Gibbs, who is yet to properly recover from his thigh injury, as well as Abou Diaby and Gervinho.

Physio Room says the trio are still unavailable for selection.

But the news that Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott and Szczesny are all available is a huge boost for the Gunners, who will no doubt take great confidence heading into their weekend clash against their fiercest rivals.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of the most exciting and talented young wingers in the Premier League—a a claim that could also perhaps be made for Walcott, although the latter is significantly older. Getting back their starting goalkeeper in Szczesny is also a huge boost.

Arsenal also will take a huge advantage into this one with the news that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and playmaker Moussa Dembele will be unavailable for selection, with manager Andre-Villas Boas ruling out the Belgian international from taking part in this one.

Per The Telegraph:

[Moussa] Dembele does not have a chance, not for this game. I think surgery at the moment is out of the question, hopefully.

[Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker] haven't trained with the team yet. They have had lighter sessions on their own. We will have to see today how they return to see if there's any disturbance.

Arsenal head into this match winning just two of their last eight fixtures against their north London rivals, who also sit ahead of them on the current EPL table, despite losing their last two fixtures to Wigan Athletic and Manchester City.

And perhaps even more interesting is the fact that the last two meetings between these two at the Emirates Stadium has seen a team take a 2-0 lead, only to lose the match in the end. Tottenham won 3-2 against Arsenal in 2010/11 while Arsenal won 5-2 in 2011/12; will we see more of the same again this week in the North London derby?

Either way, you would have to say that the injury and team news is certainly leaning the way of Arsene Wenger's men heading into this one.


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