Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has a clean bill of health within his squad ahead of Sunday’s North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, the Gunners have announced.
Arsenal head into the latest instalment of this historic rivalry off the back of Thursday evening’s impressive 3-1 win over Olympiacos in the UEFA Europa League.
Goals from Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Magalhaes and Mohamed Elneny sealed a crucial first-leg victory for the Gunners, meaning they hold a strong advantage ahead of the second-leg next week.
Whilst it was a big positive for Arsenal to put one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition ahead of the second-leg, the Gunners were also boosted by the return of attacking-midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.
The Gunners academy graduate was a doubt for the trip to Greece after suffering a hip injury in the 3-1 victory over Leicester City at the very end of February. He was ruled out of last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor but was deemed fit enough to make the substitutes bench against the Greek giants.
The midfielder stepped off the bench in the latter stages of the contest to confirm that he is fit enough to be involved and that his recent hip problem is now behind him.
With the Gunners having played on Thursday evening, Arteta has not done a regular pre-match press conference in the build-up to Sunday’s visit of Jose Mourinho’s side, meaning he has been unable to provide an update on the injury front.
However, Arsenal have now released a statement on their website confirming that the first-team squad is injury-free ahead of Sunday’s huge Premier League encounter.
The statement released by the Gunners said: “There are no health or injury issues to report following Thursday’s match in Athens against Olympiacos.
“All players in the men’s first-team squad are currently available for selection.
As part of Premier League protocol, all members of our first-team squad and support staff continue to be regularly tested for COVID-19.”
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This news will be music to the ears of every Gunners supporter, offering them hope that Arteta will be able to call upon his main men to deliver on derby day and claim the local bragging rights, whilst at the same time bridging the gap on Spurs to four points.
Following Thursday night’s victory in Greece, the likes of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Smith Rowe will all be pushing for starting berths.