Arsenal are hopeful that all of the players who withdrew from international duty will be fit for the north London derby, according to a report.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 13, 2022. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Kaya Kaynak writes that Arsenal are hopeful Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Kieran Tierney can all be fit for the north London derby on Saturday.

Partey, Zinchenko, and Tomiyasu are all back at London Colney to be assessed over the coming days. Tierney should reportedly be available too as he recovers from a head injury.

All four players had withdrawn from international duty at various points over the last couple of weeks.

Zinchenko was first, pulling out of the Ukraine squad before the break was even underway, whilst the other three all initially linked up with their national sides before returning early with various concerns.

Whilst that was worrying at the time, the suggestion in each case was that it was a precautionary measure. If all of them are fit for Saturday’s match, it seems that caution paid off.

Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard celebrates after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard celebrates after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s worth mentioning that Martin Odegaard and Reiss Nelson are in good positions to make the squad as well.

Odegaard completed the full 90 minutes for Norway on Tuesday, so he seems to have shaken off his problem. Nelson has been back in training since before the Brentford game, so it’s probably just a matter of easing him back in now.

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