Arsenal are sweating over the fitness ofGabriel Martinelli andLeandro Trossard ahead of their North London Derby clash with Tottenham on Sunday. The Gunners are set to host the first meeting between the two old rivals at the Emirates Stadium, with both teams in fine form.
Four wins and a draw is the Premier League record for the two sides after their opening five games, with plenty of hope for a successful season ahead. For Mikel Arteta, there will be aims to go one step further than last campaign, where the side fell just short in their push for the title.
A summer spend of £200million and a return to the Champions League have thrown new equations into the mix, which will have to be delicately balanced by the head coach. In contrast, Spurs may see this season as something of a free hit under new boss Ange Postecoglou.
The Lilywhites are on a new journey with the Australian, who will need time to change everything to suit his model, especially after losing club legend Harry Kane over the summer. While a slow start was expected, it's been anything but that at Tottenham, where performances and results have fans excited for the future.
The North London Derby will be their toughest test so far, against a team that seem primed for a more sustained push at the top of the table. With an exciting match on the cards with the potential for goals, cards and everything in between, there's still some dilemmas beforehand.
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One of those for Arteta is on the injury front, where both Martinelli and Trossard are doubts for the game on the left-wing. TheRead on football.london