Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Injuries Present Wenger with a Tough Task on Sunday

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Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Injuries Present Wenger with a Tough Task on Sunday
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Thomas Vermaelen is just one of four defenders out injured for Arsenal's match on Sunday.

Arsenal will be desperate to come away with a result on Sunday, as they get set to take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The Gunners have endured their worst start to a season in over 50 years, and after defeating Bolton 3-0 in last week's fixture, they find themselves sitting at 13th in Premier League, having taken seven points from six games.

This will certainly be a statement match, as Tottenham are the first quality opponent that Arsene Wenger’s side has faced, since being demolished 8-2 at the foot of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

Tottenham, who had some difficulties in their first few matches of the season, have recovered in recent weeks, stringing together three consecutive wins to climb to sixth in the league with nine points from five games.

Unfortunately for Arsene Wenger, he will be without the services of Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou, Thomas Vermaelen, Sebastien Squillaci, Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere, all of which are out injured. Theo Walcott and Gervinho will be game-time decisions, and Yossi Benayoun has been declared fit and able to participate.

One of the main talking points of Sunday’s match will be Arsenal facing Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese international left the Emirates in 2009 for Manchester City, and the fashion in which he left was disrespectful to put it mildly. Harry Redknapp secured Adebayor in the summer transfer window on a season-long loan from City, and the striker has looked impressive for the English tactician. The former Arsenal talisman has found the net three times in as many games.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates his midweek goal against Olympiakos. The Englishman may feature for Arsenal on Sunday.

Arsenal will be fielding a makeshift defense at the back, that will most likely feature Alex Song filling in in the depleted centre back position, alongside summer signing Per Mertesacker. Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs will most likely fill out the defense. The midfield will most likely feature Emmanuel Frimpong shielding the back four, with Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta providing the creative attacking play. Andrey Arshavin and Robin Van Persie are almost certain inclusions.

If Theo Walcott is injured, he will most likely feature as the attacker down the right, however should he prove to be unfit, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would not be a surprise starter. The English midfielder, who made the move from Southampton this summer, scored in Arsenal’s midweek fixture against Olympiakos.

Tottenham will be looking to recreate their recent success of North London derbies, having lost only one of the last six Premier League derbies, but Arsenal will certainly be fired up for the occasion, and a fantastic match should be in order. 

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