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Arteta could unleash 'electrifying' Arsenal talent for the first time this season v Spurs - TBR View
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Arteta could unleash 'electrifying' Arsenal talent for the first time this season v Spurs - TBR View

The international break is finally over and Arsenal have a huge fixture to look forward to this weekend.

Saturday’s early Premier League kickoff sees Mikel Arteta’s Gunners face Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal sit at the summit of the table and will hope to consolidate their position at the top.

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The Gunners will take on a Spurs outfit hoping to leapfrog them into first place.

However, Arsenal have been dealt a blow in attack, with Emile Smith Rowe now on the sidelines.

On Thursday, the Gunners confirmed in a statement that the 22-year-old has undergone surgery.

Smith Rowe has been experiencing discomfort in his groin in recent months.

The Arsenal academy graduate has gone under the knife to repair a damaged tendon in his groin.

Smith Rowe is expected to be out until December and, due to the World Cup, may not feature for Arsenal until after Christmas.

This has left Arteta with some pondering as to who could cover for Gabriel Martinelli on the left flank.

While the Brazilian is now first-choice there, he can’t be expected to start and complete every game.

Oleksandr Zinchenko could be an option, though he may be too important for Arteta at left-back and in midfield.

And while Marquinhos can also play on the left, he is a right-winger by trade, and may be a bit inexperienced for now.

A third option could see a versatile, talented and experienced academy graduate return to action in red and white.

Reiss Nelson has come back from injury and spent the international break getting match fit.

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“Can play on the left”

“Reiss Nelson is now back, which is a good thing,” Charles Watts said on his YouTube channel.

“He’s trained all week, came back before the international break and he’s been training all through that break as well.

“So he’s fit again. He’s better on the right hand side but he can play on the left, so that is going to be another option for Mikel Arteta.”

Nelson hasn’t played a competitive game for Arsenal since coming off the bench against Brentford in the first game of last season.

The “electrifying” 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Feyenoord and was linked with another move away this summer.

However, Nelson stayed put, and now he could finally start getting games, maybe even get game time against Tottenham.

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