Arsenal could be without two attacking stars when they host Tottenham Hotspur in the first North London Derby of the2017-18 Premier League campaign on Saturday afternoon, according to BBC Sport.
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The Gunners go into the game four points behind their rivals in the standings, which makes the match even more important for them – especially amid fears that Spurs are starting to become the dominant side between the two.
With that in mind, Arsene Wenger desperately needs a result in the contest, so he could do without potentially being without Arsenal attackers Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck for the fixture against Tottenham.
The France international has a minor injury that is expected to keep him out of the match, which will be a blow for Arsenal.
Welbeck is back in Gunners training after an enforced break of his own, but the Tottenham clash could come too soon for him to play a part, unless he is given a place on the bench to begin with.
One man who is set for a recall is big-money summer signing Alexandre Lacazette, who will feature in his first North London Derby, if he is selected by Wenger.
There could be some good news though as the Gunners boss will assess the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi, according to the report.
The Arsenal defender has recovered from the groin injury that kept him out prior to the international break, but having missed Germanyâ€™s matches he could lack sharpness, which may be a concern against an electric Tottenham attack.
The Gunners will be looking to protect a good home record against Spurs when the two sides meet at the Emirates Stadium. The hosts have lost just two of the last 32 meetings at either Highbury or their current home.
That said, Arsenal fans will not need reminding that their side have failed to win any of the last six North London derbies against Tottenham in the Premier League – a run they hope will end on Saturday.
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