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Spurs: Antonio Conte handed double boost ahead of Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a double boost ahead of their Premier League meeting with Arsenal tomorrow evening.

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That’s according to a report by 90min, who claim that Ben White and Bukayo Saka are now doubts for Arsenal’s Thursday night trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the fitness of both the centre-back and the forward set to be assessed prior to the fixture.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via football.london), Mikel Arteta said of the current condition of the duo: “Ben is a doubt. We’ll have to assess him – he’s feeling much better – and Bukayo is the same.”

Conte will be buzzing

Considering just how important both White and Saka have been for Arsenal this season, the news that both players could miss out on such a crucial fixture in the top four race is sure to have left Antonio Conte buzzing.

Indeed, over White’s 31 Premier League appearances this term, the £36m-rated defender has been extremely solid in the heart of Arsenal’s backline, helping 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.

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These returns have seen the £120k-per-week England international average a very impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.94, ranking him as Arteta’s joint tenth-best performer in the English top flight.

Meanwhile, over Saka’s 35 Premier League outings this season, the £58.5m-rated forward has been in breathtaking form for the Gunners, scoring 11 goals, providing six assists and creating eight big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.5 shots, making 1.8 key passes and completing 1.1 dribbles per game.

These metrics have seen the £30k-per-week England international average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.09, ranking him as Arsenal’s best player in the league.

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As such, should Arsenal indeed be without the stricken duo on Thursday, it is clear for all to see that their absences would come as a huge boost to Tottenham’s chances of taking all three points from the fixture – a result which would see Spurs move to within one point of their north London rivals with just two fixtures of the season left to play.

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