By Will Butcher
Arsene Wenger has revealed that three of his first-team stars are doubts ahead of Arsenal’s North London derby against Tottenham.
Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla are all fighting against time to be declared fit to face Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Sunday, with first place in the Premier League at stake.
Quoted on Arsenal’s official Twitter account ahead of Sunday’s clash in his press conference, Wenger revealed that the trio still have some work to do to prove that they are fit enough to take part.
Monreal’s potential absence means England international Kieran Gibbs is likely to step in despite an unconvincing display against Champions league outfit Ludogorets this week.
Gibbs was at fault for Arsenal’s Group A rivals’ second goal, as they finally overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in the 88th minute.
Spain international Cazorla is also fighting to be fit, after picking up an achilles problem in Arsenal’s first Champions League clash against the Bulgarian outfit.
Cazorla is joined by speed merchant Walcott as a doubt for Sunday’s hotly-contested encounter, but the 27-year-old is more likely to feature after returning to training from a hamstring injury.
Arsenal come into the match in an incredible spate of form, after winning 12 of their last 14 matches in all competitions while their opponents have failed to triumph in their last six attempts.
A win could see the Gunners leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City into first place, if City and Liverpool drop points.
In other Arsenal team news, this is the expected lineup to face Spurs on Sunday.