Arsene Wenger delivers shocking injury news ahead of Tottenham clash

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Gunners stars Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi are fitness doubts for the North London Derby due to a groin strain and hamstring problem respectively.

And Wenger has revealed both players will be assessed tomorrow at Arsenal‘s London Colney base as he plans for the face off with Mauricio Pochettino.

“Mustafi will have a final check tomorrow, Welbeck as well,” Wenger said.

“I will make decisions on them tomorrow.”

Wenger hinted Alex Iwobi may not be available to line up against Tottenham following his involvement in Nigeria’s midweek friendly win over Argentina.

“We have some people coming in today like Iwobi, we don’t know where they stand,” he added.

“We’ll have medical checks today.”

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud is also a serious doubt for the encounter having limped out of France’s win over Wales during the international break.

“Giroud picked up an injury, I don’t think he will be available,” Wenger said.

“It’s short term, we have to assess him on Monday.”

Wenger opened up about long-term absentee Santi Cazorla as well,

The Spain international recently revealed that he nearly lost his foot after contracting gangrene in the wake of achilles surgery.

Wenger said: “Yes. It is the worst injury I’ve known.

“It’s gone from worse to worse. I know how much Santi loves to play football.”I wish [he returns in January]. He tries to practice. I hope he comes back in January.

“I hope that you are wrong [that he might not play again].”

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier Leagueahead of their clash against Tottenham, four points adrift of Pochettino’s men.

They can leapfrog Liverpool and Chelsea into fourth this weekend.

For that to happen they need to beat Tottenham by five or more goals and the Reds and Blues must lose.


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