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‘Spurs game may get cancelled’

Arteta still doesn’t know if Sunday’s North London derby will go ahead as the Arsenal boss continues to struggle to string a team together.

The club are in discussions with the Premier League as they wait for further fitness updates ahead of the trip to Tottenham.

With four players away at the African Cup of Nations, Granit Xhaka suspended plus injury and Covid concerns surrounding another seven, Arsenal are now right on the borderline of the minimum 13 players plus a goalkeeper required to play a Premier League game.

The club is expected to wait for further updates tomorrow before any final decision is taken over whether to submit a formal request for the game to be postponed.

Arteta said: “I don’t know if the game will be off. 

“It’s difficult to say that with total honesty without assessing our players, but what is very unlikely today is likely to happen tomorrow.

“It has gone the other way for us recently when we were ready to play a match and it was twice cancelled because the other team had issues.

“So it can go both ways, but our intention is always to play.”

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