Arsenal could be without 4 key players for trip to Tottenham

By on May 11, 2022

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Arsenal could be without Bukayo Saka and Ben White for our vital showdown with Tottenham on Thursday night, Mikel Arteta has confirmed today.

The boss has been speaking at his pre-match press conference this afternoon ahead of Arsenal’s trip to White Hart Lane tomorrow and he provided an update on the squad’s fitness.

White has missed Arsenal’s last two games due to a thigh injury that he picked up during the 3-1 win over Man Utd and Arteta says the centre-back remains a doubt to face Tottenham.

The 24-year-old is feeling ‘much better’ but will be assessed at training today before a final decision is made over his involvement against Tottenham.

The ‘same’ can be said of Saka, according to Arteta. The winger has been carrying a thigh issue in recent games and limped off against West Ham earlier this month.

Saka was declared fit to start for Arsenal against Leeds United last weekend but was subbed midway through the second half. Arteta says the 20-year-old will also need to be assessed at training today so see if he’s fit to face Tottenham.

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Thomas Partey is still working his way back from a thigh injury while Kieran Tierney remains on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a knee injury that he sustained in March, so Arsenal could be without four key players tomorrow.

Arteta told Arsenal.com:

on team news ahead of the game…
Thomas (Partey) is still out, Kieran (Tierney) is still out and with Ben he is still a doubt, we have to assess him and see how he is feeling, which is much better. With Bukayo it’s the same.

on how he rates White’s and Saka’s chances…
It’s very difficult to rate with injuries, it’s just how they feel today, that’s the last day that we can assess them and try to get the feeling, basically.

Let’s pray Saka and White are fit. I’m confident Saka will be as he’s been nursing this thigh problem for a while, and it sounds like White is close to being fit as well so fingers crossed they both make it.

It would be a major blow to lose either of them as the game with Tottenham could determine who finishes fourth. A win for Arsenal would secure at least fourth, but a defeat would blow the race wide open as Spurs would be just one point behind with two games left.