With all but one of their first seven Premier League games ending in victories, the Gunners have had an incredibly good start to the season and will be the heavy favorites to upset their sworn foes on Saturday.
Tottenham, who are currently third in the table and have not lost a game since the start of the season, will be hungry to earn another three points against Arsenal after the Gunners’ previous Premier League match before the break was a comfortable victory over Brentford.
However, Arteta will have to deal with at least three absences from his matchday squad due to injuries, with Emile Smith Rowe one of those who is currently receiving medical attention.
Over the previous few seasons, the England youth international has established himself as an important component of Arsenal’s system, but he will be out on Saturday owing to a groin ailment that has bothered him since since Arsenal’s defeat against Manchester United.
He is anticipated to be out of commission until at least December if there are no unanticipated problems in the upcoming weeks.
Additionally, Mohamed Elneny, who suffered a severe hamstring injury at the end of August, will be out for a considerable amount of time for Arsenal.
The Egyptian midfielder is set to remain out until at least the start of next year as he is currently a long way from being fully fit.
Another player who will miss Saturday’s game against Tottenham due to injury is Cedric Soares. When Portugal faced Brentford earlier this month, the fullback took a hit.
He reportedly has a fresh ailment and is now dealing with it, so he won’t be able to play this weekend.
There are also a few probable Arsenal absences, but if all goes according to plan over the next few days, some players might be able to play against Tottenham.
Due to a minor calf injury, Oleksandr Zinchenko was unable to represent Ukraine during the international break. However, Arsenal is optimistic that he will be able to play on Saturday.
After recovering from a preseason thigh injury and rejoining full training earlier this month, Reiss Nelson might be competing for a spot on the bench.
Despite the knee issues the Ghanaian midfielder has been dealing with lately, Arteta might decide to start Thomas Partey as well.
Partey sustained a knee injury during the international break after just recovering from a thigh injury he had sustained against Brentford.
Arsenal is hopeful that he would be able to participate on Saturday despite missing Ghana’s recent loss to Brazil apparently as a precaution.