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Full Arsenal Squad Revealed For The Mind Series Tie Vs Spurs As Saka White Pepe And Lokonga Lead The Selection

Mikel Arteta & co. will take short trip to north London to take on their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Mind Series pre-season friendly match at their playing ground on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners, the Blues and Tottenham Hotspur are all taking part in a mini pre-season tournament called the Mind Series, which started last Sunday at Emirates stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s men kick-off their fixtures in mini pre-season friendly match at home against Chelsea last week, but it ended in defeat as Thomas Tuchel’s men claimed all three points.

Despite, the Gunners made perfect start to the game, by dominating possession and created a lot chance, it was the European champions taken the lead, through Kai Havertz, who scored amazing goal.

Granit Xhaka, then equasile for Mikel Arteta’s men in the second half of the game through header after Nicolas Pepe delivered corner, but Hector Bellerin poor back-pass given the visitor a chance to take the lead again.

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The Spanish’s poor back-pass was converted by Tammy Abraham and Mikel Arteta’s men unable to level it till match ended despite they dominating possession and created more chance.

Aubameyang and Nketiah produced good composure in 88 minunte of the game, but the Gabon one-on-one effort was save by Kepa Arrizabalaga while Joe Willock spectacular strike was denied by the referees.

Meanwhile, Ben White, marked his debut with eye-catching performances, made a lot contribution in Arsenal’s defensive unit, while Albert Sambi Lokonga also impressed against the European champions.

Heading into this afternoon clash against Spurs, Mikel Arteta will be without four first-team players. Thomas Partey sustained an injury to ligaments in his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday.

The 27-year-old midfielder continues to be assessed and is expected to be back in training in approximately three weeks.

Eddie Nketiah, sustained bruising to his right ankle during the friendly match against Chelsea last Sunday and is likely to ruled out of action for four weeks while Gabriel Magalheas, who sustained an injury to his right knee whilst with the Brazilian Olympic squad will also missed the clash.

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The Gunners defender is currently being assessed and is aiming to be back in training in the forthcoming weeks. Lastly Gabriel Martinelli is still away at the Olympics. 

But there could be a return for Bukayo Saka, who is now back at the club, after went on a three-week holiday due to playing for England at Euro 2020.

The 19-year-old winger made returned to the club’s training base at London Colney on Wednesday morning and he take part in Mikel Arteta series of training session in couple of days.

Saka is expected to be get little minutes against Spurs while Ben White could be in line to make his first start for the club, with the likes of Emile Smith-Rowe and Belgian starlet Albert Sambi Lokonga set to feature once more. 

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When is kick off? Sunday 8 August, at 2:00PM

Where is the match being played? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Full Arsenal squad available to face Tottenham Hotspur:

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo, Tom Smith, James Hillson,

Defenders: Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers, Omar Rekik, Nuno Tavares, Ben White.

Midfielders: Granit Xhaka, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Willian, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock.

Strikers: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, & Folarin Balogun.

When does Arsenal vs Tottenham kick-off?

  • Arsenal’s pre-season clash with Tottenham will get underway from 2pm UK time on Sunday, August 8.
  • The game will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.
  • Fans are allowed into the stadium to watch the game.

What TV channel is the match on?

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