Mohamed Elneny has been tipped to start for Arsenal against Tottenham on Sunday after a devastating Thomas Partey update.
That is according to ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the potential absence of star midfielder Partey.
It is said the injury, which kept Partey out of Thursday night’s 4-1 Europa League home win over Rapid Vienna is worse than originally feared.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta delivered a more upbeat verdict after the match, claiming Partey is due to train on Friday and is “putting pressure” on the coaching staff to feature in the north London derby.
Campbell believes it will be a huge blow if the £45million summer signing misses out against the league leaders and backed 28-year-old Elneny, who played 63 minutes on Thursday night, to replace him.
He told Football Insider: “Other players need to step up now that Thomas Partey is out.
“I bet there is a lot of Arsenal fans that never believed they would be asking for Mohamed Elneny to start against Spurs but he brings an energy and calmness in the centre of the pitch.
“He does his job. That is what is needed. I’m sure Elneny will come in but I am not sure what system Arteta will opt for.
“We will need players to step up against Spurs and play a hell of a lot better than they are.
“Spurs drew against Chelsea and even then they are at the top. They are riding the crest of a way right now and their confidence will be sky high.”
Tottenham head the Premier League table on goal difference with 21 points from 10 matches, while Arsenal are 14th with 13 points.