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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provides Granit Xhaka post-Covid fitness update ahead of North London derby

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provides Granit Xhaka post-Covid fitness update ahead of North London derby

Arsenal host Tottenham in the first North London derby of the season

Arsenal host Tottenham in the first North London derby of the season on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners are looking to capitalise on their good form, which has seen them win their last three games across all competitions and draw level on points with their bitter rivals, who have slipped after leading the early running.

While Spurs have several injuries to contend with,  the Gunners were handed a boost in their team news earlier today, revealing that their entire squad is fully fit for what is already an early season-deciding match. Defeat for Mikel Arteta, on home soil, would see Arsenal fall six points behind their fellow European hopefuls, while victory would act as a springboard after a tough start.

Arteta provides Xhaka update, saying midfielder is “flying”

One of the conspicuous absentees for Arsenal’s three most recent victories was Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, who was serving a three-match suspension for a red card picked up against Manchester City.

The 28-year-old midfielder also contracted Covid while on international duty, but Mikel Arteta hinted that he was back to full fitness and in contention to start, saying:

“He came back and he was flying.”

Xhaka, who was close to departing the club for Roma this summer, is seemingly an experienced pillar on which Arteta places his faith, having made 31 appearances for the Gunners last season.

With his return, the 4-3-3 that Arteta had been deploying in recent games would appear to go out of the window, in exchange for the more conservative 4-2-3-1 formation that Arsenal fans saw last campaign and the beginning of this.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2

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Assists
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
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Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
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