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Arsenal get triple injury boost before derby

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has received a vital injury boost ahead of what is likely to be a tense north London derby.

Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wojciech Szczesny are all expected to make the clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.

Wenger thought he may have been given a selection headache in the 3-3 draw last week when Walcott limped off near the end, but the England international looks to have recovered sufficiently, according to The Telegraph.

Along with Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain was omitted from the England squad for the friendly against Sweden on Wednesday evening, as he only returned to the bench against Fulham.

Szczesny also made his return as a substitute in that game, though he is reportedly certain to take back his place in goal from the willing but ultimately lacking Vito Mannone.

Arsenal threw away 2-0 leads twice last week and Wenger will be even more aware of the danger in that scoreline with Spurs’ visit, as that was the deficit they turned around in the corresponding fixture from last season.

It finished 5-2 and Arsenal went on to overtake their local rivals and secure third place in the Premier league.

Both sides are struggling this time around and will be desperate for a win after disappointing results in their previous league fixtures – Arsenal threw away the lead against Fulham before Tottenham did the same in their defeat at Manchester City a day later.

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Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
Football
Premier League
Wojciech Szczesny
Theo Walcott

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