Arsenal are entering the first North London Derby of the season in fine form after making it three wins in a row with a resounding return to Champions League football in their 4-0 demolition of PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday. It put the gloss on a strong week back from international duty after also ending the Goodison Park hoodoo last weekend.
Now, with the visit of fierce rivals Tottenham on Sunday and the start of a new rivalry in the dugout between Mikel Arteta and the new darling of the Premier League, Ange Postecoglou,Arsenal could hardly be better placed. Both sides come into the game unbeaten in the league and locked on 13 points after five games.
They have two of the league's meanest defences and some of the most in-form and threatening attackers on show as well. In even better news for Arteta he is in a position to start Gabriel Jesus once more. The Brazilian scored against PSV and linked delightfully to those around him.
Against Tottenham he might have to work alongside a second choice option on the left with doubts remaining over Gabriel Martinelli's fitness. The winger was taken off in the first half against Everton moments after having a goal ruled out narrowly for offside. He then missed the clash with PSV and Arteta was coy on a potential return.
«With Gabi we’re still assessing him so let’s see if he can make the game or not,» the manager explained before the Spurs clash. It comes as a huge blow for the Gunners who have found form and confidence in their frontline.
Martinelli was at the game on Wednesday watching on from the stands and sent a message on social media saying, «Let's goooo [heart emoji]» ahead of kick-off. Physical therapy doctor Dr. Rajpal Brar has given an estimated timeframe for the 22-year-oldRead on football.london