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Spurs receive bad news ahead of Arsenal clash

Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action at the weekend and they’ll be gutted to learn of a big boost for their opposition…

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It’s none other than the north London derby on Saturday afternoon as Antonio Conte’s side make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium to face arch-rivals Arsenal.

And the home side have been boosted by the likely return of first-choice left-back Kieran Tierney, as well as captain Martin Odegaard.

That’s according to The Evening Standard, who have delivered an injury update ahead of the long-awaited encounter.

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The Norwegian attacking midfielder missed the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over Brentford with a calf problem but managed to make the trip for his country’s Nations League matches against Slovenia and Serbia.

Whilst the Scotsman also featured for his nation at the weekend, starting against the Republic of Ireland in Glasgow before being withdrawn as a precaution before the break.

This update will surely leave the Lilywhites boss concerned as he’ll have to face the league leaders with a near fully-fit squad at Mikel Arteta’s disposal.

Indeed, Arsenal sit top of the standings after seven fixtures, having won six and lost one, and are just one point ahead of Spurs, who are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League.

However, their defeat to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League has exposed some weakness in the Italian’s side and now that the Gunners’ captain and main creative outlet is back, he is surely going to be worried heading into this top-of-the-table clash.

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Only two other players have managed a better average WhoScored rating for the season so far than Odegaard, who has scored three goals and provided 1.7 key passes per game.

35% of Tottenham’s play comes from inside their own third, whereas 34% of Arsenal’s comes from their attacking third, so the early signs suggest that the visitors will need to soak up a lot of pressure if they are to come out on top, something made more difficult with a difference-maker like Odegaard available.

So any boost for them is certainly a blow for Conte and his side.

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