We are now into the final two weeks of the Premier League season and Arsenal are edging closer to a top-four finish for the first time in six years as Mikel Arteta’s side are desperate to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The Gunners haven’t secured a spot in Europe’s elite competition just yet, with Tottenham Hotspur sitting just four points behind their local rivals.
To make matters more interesting, the two north London sides will face each other in N17 on Thursday night for one of the most highly-anticipated north London derbies in recent memory.
London takes a look at the latest fitness problems facing Arsenal for the match.
White missed out on the 2-1 win at West Ham earlier this month, with Rob Holding replacing the England defender for the clash at London Stadium.
The 24-year-old sustained an injury during the 3-1 win over Manchester United but was expected to be fit enough to feature against the Hammers.
He also missed the match against Leeds on Sunday afternoon before Arteta confirmed that he is hopeful the talented defender will be back to face Spurs.
What Arteta said when asked if he would be available for Thursday: “I think so, he’s been starting to do a little bit of work now on the pitch and we want everybody available because we know that game is so important“.
The Ghanaian midfielder was ruled out for the rest of the season last month after picking up an injury during the 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.
It appeared the Gunners would be without their midfield enforcer for the remainder of the campaign, with Arteta revealing last Friday: “He’s progressing but he had a significant injury, a recurring injury as well, so we don’t expect him to make progress that quickly to see him this season, but hopefully I am wrong.”
Partey took to social media earlier this week and hinted he could make a sensational comeback before the season comes to an end.
He wrote: “Tom X Tom soon,” on a tweet which showed Gabriel Martinelli assisting Gabriel Magalhaes, with fans speculating he could be returning to action alongside Takehiro Tomiyasu shortly.
The Scottish left-back will not feature again this season having undergone knee surgery.