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Dec 6, 2020 at 4.30pm UK at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole rounds up Arsenal's latest injury and suspension news ahead of Sunday's Premier League North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

Out-of-form Arsenal make the short trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday for the first North London derby of the 2020-21 season.

Up to 2,000 fans will be allowed into the stadium for the occasion, which sees the Gunners face the league leaders looking to improve a run of just one win in their last six Premier League games.

Mikel Arteta's side were convincing in front of their own returning supporters on Thursday night as they cruised past Rapid Vienna, but domestically they come into this match languishing down in 14th place.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Arsenal's latest injury and suspension news ahead of the contest.


David Luiz

Arsenal's David Luiz is bandaged up following his clash of heads with Wolves' Raul Jimenez on November 29, 2020© Reuters

Status: Minor doubt
Type of injury: Head
Possible return date: Unknown

There was a lot made of the decision to allow David Luiz to stay on the pitch following his sickening clash of heads with Raul Jimenez last weekend, with the centre-back bleeding through his bandage before finally coming off. Luiz was absent in midweek, but Arteta is hopeful of having him fit for this weekend if his scar has healed.


Thomas Partey

Arsenal's Thomas Partey in action against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on October 22, 2020© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Thigh
Possible return date: December 6 (vs. Tottenham)

Thomas Partey could be in contention to return ahead of schedule this week, with Arteta confirming that his summer signing will be back in training ahead of this match. Thomas was initially expected to be sidelined until perhaps even 2021, but he could yet play some part in what would be his first North London derby.


Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli celebrates scoring their second goal against Standard Liege on October 3, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Arsenal hope to see long-term absentee Gabriel Martinelli in Under-23s action again before the end of this month, but his return to the first team is not likely to be until next year.


ARSENAL'S SUSPENSION LIST

Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe is sent off during his side's match against Leeds United on November 22, 2020© Reuters

Return date: December 16 (vs. Southampton)

Nicolas Pepe will serve the second of his three-match ban following his red card for a nonsensical headbutt in the draw with Leeds United last month.


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