Wenger has injury doubts over quintet ahead of NLD

Matt Stead

Arsenal could be without five players for Sunday’s north London derby with Tottenham, according to Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners face Spurs on Sunday hoping to continue their excellent run of form, with their unbeaten run extended to 15 games in all competitions with the 3-2 Champions League win over Ludogorets.

Wenger’s side have won seven of their opening ten Premier League matches, and sit behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference alone.

Speaking ahead of the crucial derby clash, Wenger delivered a fitness update on five players.

The Frenchman confirmed that the club “have some uncertainties”, the first of which was Kieran Gibbs.

“Gibbs has been touched on his shoulders,” he said. “We’ll see how he reacts today.”

The left-back’s potential absence is worsened by the fact that Nacho Monreal could also be sidelined. “He has tests today and tomorrow and then we’ll decide,” Wenger said of the Spaniard.

On midfielder Santi Cazorla, who has been struggling with a thigh injury, he said: “He’ll try and practice today and we’ll go from there.”

Wenger then offered his thoughts on Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott, with the pair deemed the most likely of the quintet to be fit at the weekend.

“Bellerin could have played in Bulgaria. I think he should be alright,” he said. “The closest to coming back looks to be Walcott. He has a test today.”