Arteta’s playing mind games – Tottenham will face a fully fit Arsenal squad

Arsenal receive huge injury boost ahead of North London derby

Arsenal have been handed a major boost before the blockbuster weekend match against their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Gunners have had some injury concerns during and before the international break, as key players such as Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney were all considered as doubts for the North London derby.

However, according to a report from Football London, Arsenal are confident that all of Partey, Odegaard, Zinchenko, Tomiyasu and Tierney will be fully fit before Mikel Arteta and co host Antonio Conte’s men at the Emirates Stadium.

That will certainly decrease the problems in the hands of Mikel Arteta, who will be hoping to claim his third win over the other club from North London on his sixth match.

While Zinchenko did not join with Ukraine at all after sustaining a calf injury in the build up to Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford, Tierney was forced to withdraw from the Scotland camp over the international break after being taken off in their UEFA Nations League victory over the Republic of Ireland.

Tomiyasu also returned to the Gunners early after playing the full 90 minutes in Japan’s 2-0 friendly win over the USA. While Partey feeling something on his knee made him come back to England without playing a single minute for Ghana.

If those are not serious injuries, the Gunners would be happy that their main men had a mid-season rest from the footballing action. Especially ahead of a grueling October, which will see Arsenal gracing the pitch an astonishing nine times.

Regarding the fitness, we will only come to know the full extent, after the squad is revealed one hour prior to Saturday’s match against Spurs.

Arteta’s mind games can carry on until then 😉

Yash Bisht

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  1. There is no doubt the gaffer likes to indulge in mind games, having played during the era of when mind games was at its peak, this is one habbit the gaffer won’t be ridding any time soon.

    I refuse to believe that a significant number of our squad is down injury.
    But the gaffer won’t be showing his hand until the very last hour prior to the match

  2. Not sure why, as a THFC supporter that this article has appeared on my feed but all I’ll say is Arteta surely can’t expect to influence Conte’s thinking or get him at it IF he is attempting to play ‘mind games?’

    1. When someone indulges in “mind games” isn’t the whole point to influence someone else’s thinking?

  3. THFC
    What is THFC? Is it the club down there that assure you as a player that you play for but will retire without winning anything?

    Kane retiring soon empty-handed

  4. I don’t think Arteta is playing mind games.
    There are injury concerns and hence nothing can be said until the squad is announced .

    Lets hope that we get a fully fit squad and manage to beat Spurs .
    But do not relate it to mid games . there is nothing to suggest that these are mind games and squad is definately fully fit. we all know Arsenal injury reocrd and should not be surprised if few of the key players can not moake it

  5. Mind games or not I think we need to move on from Partey. With him it’s a matter of when not if he’ll get injured. We should go in on a player in January

  6. Are players recently coming back from injury fully fit? No, so you can’t call it a fully fit squad.

    Many having been saying for quite a while now that we need to sell Partey and Tierney and get fit replacements. Looking more and more like we need that DM that everyone knew we needed.

  7. Suggesting that MA’s doing mind games shows there’s still work before we are where we belong. The spuds should be a team we beat with our B-team any day once without even the slightest of these mind games. They’re small.

    Just can’t understand the secret of us having so many of these injuries ever since the days of Wenger

  8. Mind games or not, I am just hoping we have a fully fit squad with all the key players fit and we beat the Spuds. The fixture list from Oct 1 till the beginning of the World Cup is gruelling and I hope we have no fitness problems and injuries and all our players play well. Of course, Arteta will have to rotate the squad but just hoping 20-22 players remain fit.

  9. There is no minds game here, you all are aware of Arsenal injuries worries, let’s be hopeful that they all return healthy for this match.

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