That’s according to a report by London World this afternoon, who claims that, despite Mikel Arteta revealing that both Ben White and Bukayo Saka were injury doubts for this evening’s north London derby, the duo are now expected to be given the all-clear to feature at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Concerning the centre-back, the report claims that the 24-year-old “should be back” in Arsenal’s starting XI to face Spurs, while, regarding the winger, it is said that the 20-year-old “should pass a fitness test” ahead of the 19:45 kick-off.
That news turned out to be true when journalist Charles Watts spotted the pairing arriving at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening,
Considering just how much is riding on the outcome of tonight’s meeting with the Gunners, the news that White and Saka look as if they will both make a return to Arteta’s starting XI is sure to have left Antonio Conte fuming.
Indeed, over Saka’s 35 Premier League appearances in the current campaign, the £58.5m-rated forward has bagged 11 goals, registered six assists and created eight big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 2.5 shots, making 1.8 key passes and completing 1.1 dribbles per game.
Meanwhile, over White’s 31 Premier League outings this term, the £36m-rated centre-back has helped his side keep 13 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.4 tackles, 3.1 clearances and winning 4.4 duels – at a success rate of 59% – per game.
As such, it is clear to see that the respective returns of both England internationals will come as a huge blow to Tottenham’s chances of securing a victory over their rivals this evening, with anything but a win all but ending Spurs’ chances of finishing above Arsenal in fourth place come the end of the season.