Mikel Arteta met with the press ahead of Arsenal’s match against Tottenham on Saturday and gave the latest team news.
Before the north London derby on Saturday, Antonio Conte was incredibly coy about his injury problems within the Spurs squad.
“Honestly, I don’t want to speak about injuries, because I don’t want to give an advantage to Arsenal, but, for sure, have to face some physical problems,” he told reporters.
Arsenal already know they will be without Emile Smith Rowe until the end of the year after the midfielder underwent surgery but what of the other concerns?
Asked if Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney would be involved, Arteta replied, “We just finished the last training session, we had many players arriving yesterday we had a short period to prepare the match but the boys look in good condition.
“They are part of the team.”
Tierney was substituted while on international duty after taking a blow to the head.
Asked about Smith Rowe’s injury, Arteta added, “We had to make a decision and we could not continue with that uncertainty. The player was the first one demanding that he wanted an end decision and then we have to support him on that.
“After a surgery it’s very difficult to give a timeline [for a return]. We need to go step by step. We know before the World Cup he’s not going to be involved.”
Arsenal will also be without Mohamed Elneny and Cedric.