Arsenal press conference LIVE: Arteta on Partey return, injuries and Tottenham – Football.London

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Arsenal press conference ahead of the huge North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is set to face the media this afternoon where he will be previewing the fixture at the Emirates Stadium as his side aim to build on the impressive 3-0 win over Brentford before the international break and retain top spot in the Premier League table.

Of course, a fixture like this needs little introduction but based on events from the last time these two rivals met back in May, the Spaniard is sure to be quizzed on his relationship with Spurs boss Antonio Conte and what lessons have been learned from the 3-0 reverse.

In addition, Arteta should provide an update on the injury and fitness front. During the international break, Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney all returned to London Colney earlier than expected whilst Oleksandr Zinchenko has been struggling with a calf muscle problem.

This week also brought about the unfortunate news that Emile Smith Rowe has undergone surgery amid experiencing discomfort in his groin and will therefore miss the North London Derby. So there might be more messages of support for the 22-year-old from the Arsenal boss.

You can hear what Arteta has to say on all these issues with‘s Arsenal writer Kaya Kaynak in the live blog below.

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Full transcript

Mikel Arteta spoke to the media today ahead of Arsenal vs Tottenham and he touched on:

  • Partey and Zinchenko’s fitness
  • Smith Rowe’s surgery
  • Antonio Conte’s comments
  • Jesus suspension risk

All that and more in the full transcript.

Mikel Arteta speaks to the media during a press conference at London Colney. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)


Arsenal team news

Mikel Arteta has delivered the latest Arsenal team news ahead of the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu have emerged as injury doubts after returning from international duty earlier than expected. Furthermore, there have been concerns over Oleksandr Zinchenko’s fitness after he missed the 3-0 win against Brentford with a calf muscle problem.

As expected, Arteta was asked for an update regarding his squad when he faced the media in a pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon and whilst in typical fashion, he didn’t give too much away, he did confirm the aforementioned players took part in a training session beforehand.

We just finished the last training session. We had many players arriving yesterday we had a short period to prepare the match but the boys look in good condition.


BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta talks to Oleksandr Zinchenko during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Arteta on Smith Rowe’s surgery

We had to make a decision and we could not continue with that uncertainty. The player was the first one demanding that he wanted an end decision and then we have to support him on that.

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Saliba doubts?

No this is football and Willy has shown what he’s capable of in the past few months. I have no doubts on him.

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Timeframe for Smith Rowe’s return

After a surgery it’s very difficult to give a timeline. We need to go step by step. We know before the World Cup he’s not going to be involved.

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Arteta on Smith Rowe’s surgery

We had to make a decision and we could not continue with that uncertainty. The player was the first one demanding that he wanted an end decision and then we have to support him on that.

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Arteta on Zinchenko, Partey and Tierney

They are part of the team.

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Arteta on team news

We just finished the last training session, we had many players arriving yesterday we had a short period to prepare the match but the boys look in good condition.


Arteta is here

The Arsenal manager has arrived and the press conference is underway.

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We have arrived!

We are in position at London Colney and Mikel Arteta will be along shortly to preview Arsenal vs Tottenham.

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Gabriel Jesus admission

Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus has admitted that the north London derby against Tottenham is “all” his teammates are talking about.

All the players are talking about the derby. It’s all about the derby. ‘You’re going to see what a derby is. Derby, derby’.

I’ve had some experience of derbies, like when I played for Palmeiras, City and Brazil. So, I know what a derby is, but I never played one Arsenal versus Tottenham here. So, it will be my first and I hopefully to get the win, not only in my first but all the derbies that I will play.


Gabriel Jesus has impressed since joining Arsenal (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Image: (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images))

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North London Derby predictions

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has delivered his North London Derby prediction and he is in agreement with BBC pundit Chris Sutton.

This is a game that never lets you down. There are certain other games in the Premier League calendar where we build them up and they disappoint, but that is never the case with this fixture.

The way they’re playing at the moment, I don’t see Tottenham being able to beat Arsenal. They did defeat Leicester by a 6-2 margin the other day, but the scoreline flattered them in my opinion. Son Heung-Min hasn’t done well when he’s started games so far this season, and Antonio Conte might use him as an impact player to turn to on the bench.

Are Arsenal title contenders? I’ll be able to answer that question after they play Liverpool next week. There’s no point in winning one big game and losing the next one. Arsenal lost to Manchester United and they now have two big games which they need to win.


Paul Merson and Chris Sutton agree on their Arsenal vs Tottenham north London derby predictions. (Image: (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images))

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Combined Arsenal and Spurs XI

With it being North London Derby weekend, we had to sort a combined XI between the two!

Here are the line-ups our Arsenal and Tottenham writers went with – some rather controversial! – but let us know how many Spurs players would make your team.

Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte go head to head on Saturday (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Injury news

It’s the start of a busy period for Arsenal before the World Cup takes centre stage in the middle of November, so it’s important Mikel Arteta can call upon a fully fit squad most weeks.

Here, takes a look at the list of potential absentees ahead of Saturday’s clash and the latest on when those currently sidelined could be back in action.

Mikel Arteta has a puzzle on his hands in the transfer market after Mohamed Elneny’s latest injury blow. (Image: Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

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Smith Rowe blow

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Arsenal vs Tottenham preview

In the latest episode of our new The Arsenal Way Podcast Gunners writers Kaya Kaynak and Bailey Keogh talked about all the latest goings on at the Emirates Stadium.

The pair touched on:

  • Partey fitness hope
  • Saka’s future
  • The North London Derby
  • Spurs injury blow


Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey were both discussed on the latest issue of our The Arsenal Way podcast. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Conte mind games?

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte refused to reveal which players in his squad are struggling with injuries ahead of the North London Derby against Arsenal.

Honestly I don’t want to speak about the injury because I don’t want to give advantage to Arsenal, yeah?

But for sure we have to face some problems, some physical problems and we have to know also that we have just started to play the first game in a run that we have to play 13 days in 43 days. For sure we have to try to make the best solution and to try not to take big risks because if we take big risks and lose players for the rest of the games, it will be a disaster.


Antonio Conte could be without some key players against Arsenal (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) (Image: (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images))

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Partey replacement?

Mikel Arteta will want all his best players available to him, but there is still some doubt over Thomas Partey. understands that Arsenal have been assessing the Ghana international at London Colney in recent days, and are hopeful of having them fit for Saturday’s crucial match.

However, if Partey is unavailable it raises a familiar question for the Gunners and his replacement might not necessarily be Albert Sambi Lokonga.


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Good afternoon

Hello all, feeling nervous yet?

Well, welcome to live coverage of Mikel Arteta’s press conference ahead of the North London Derby. The Arsenal manager will be speaking to the media shortly as he previews Saturday’s huge fixture at the Emirates Stadium.

Stay tuned for updates.

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