Arsenal’s medical department is working overtime with key players returning from international duty with knocks and complications.
Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey who returned from a three-week lay off just before the international break has had to return to the treatment table following a knock picked up while with his country last week.
The 29-year-old is central to the system and style of play at Arsenal and his latest discomfort will be a huge cause for concern.
Last season whenKieran Tierney blew his knee during training to miss the end of the campaign- Partey also suffered a muscle injury at Selhurst and both have now returned to London Colney to have their conditions assessed again.
In some good news though there is growing optimism that captain Martin Odegaard is in line to return to action for the game against Tottenham this weekend after featuring for his country on Saturday, he missed the Brentford match before thereionternational break.
The Norwegian is the leader of Mikel Arteta’s army and his absence had given a full Premier League debut to Fabio Vieira who grabbed the headlines with a brilliant goal to seal an emphatic 3-0 win over Brentford.
Arsenal have started the season on fire and sit top of the Premier League table with 18 points, one more than Tottenham who come into the derby with a record of unbeaten start to the campaign.
Last season the Gunners ultimately lost their Champions League spot to their north London rivals, but that blow is looking like a blessing disguise with Arteta going all out in the transfer market to bolster his squad this summer with the addition of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
They have also perfectly integrated William Saliba into the starting team which has further strengthened their squad.