Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is expected to be fit for Sunday’s crucial Derby against Tottenham.

The full-back missed last weekend’s triumph against Aston Villa with a knee ligament injury, but his recovery seems to be beating the clock and Arsene Wenger will be able to count on Sagna, according to the DailyMail.

If the defender makes it for the crunch game, he will have the difficult task of stopping Spurs winger Gareth Bale, without a doubt the man in best form in the Premier League.

The Welsh midfielder has proved himself vital for Tottenham in the last few weeks, scoring eight goals in the last six games, including late winners against West Ham and Olympique Lyon.

White Hart Lane battle could have a decisive influence in both club’s aspirations for the current – and also the next – season, as the North London teams fight for finishing among the top-four with Chelsea.

Tottenham and Arsenal lie in third and fifth position respectively separated by four points (51 and 47) with South Londoners Chelsea in between them with 49.

Should Sagna fail to recover in time for the game, Wenger would have to play Jenkinson on the right-back to try to minimise the danger of Bale.