Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal have some injury concerns ahead of the north London derby on Thursday.
Already bitterly contested, the Premier League clash has extra emphasis, with both teams still chasing Champions League football next season.
Arsenal currently sit fourth in the Premier League standings, four points ahead of Spurs with three matches left to play.
The Gunners can secure a place in Europe’s elite competition next campaign with a victory over Antonio Conte’s side.
A Spurs defeat, and Tottenham will be hoping Chelsea lose all their three remaining matches to secure a Champions League spot.
Long-term absentees midfielder Thomas Partey and defender Kieran Tierney are both ruled out of the game through injury.
Gunners boss Arteta has since confirmed that both Ben White and Bukayo Saka are touch and go for the derby.
“Ben is a doubt. We’ll have to assess him he’s feeling much better and Bukayo is the same,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference.
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“It is very difficult to rate injuries, we just have to assess them today and try to get their feelings.”
Arteta was asked whether their is extra motivation given it is a north London derby and what is at stake.
“No, the message is clear. If we win we are in the Champions League next season. They don’t need more motivation than that. The opportunity is there”, Arteta replied.
“The message is clear. If we win against them, we are in the Champions League next season.
“We will go to play and we will go for it as we always do. It’s how we’ve got into this position so it’s how we will approach it.”
The Spaniard is relishing the opportunity to go head-to-head with Spurs, and says it will be one of the biggest tests in his managerial career.
“It is the most exciting one probably. We have had other games against Chelsea in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the Community Shield. When you have the opportunity to achieve your objectives in the season, you can’t wait to play the game.”
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