Arsenal latest: Including Tottenham team news and Frimpong

Per Mertesacker

News and gossip from Arsenal FC in the past 24 hours.

Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby tomorrow and are expected to line up with three defenders. Injuries and poor performances at left back have left Wenger looking for an alternative solution to his problem and is considering the option that has been popular at Manchester City this season.

Wenger also confirmed today that the injury to Kieran Gibbs is ‘long-term’. The young left-back was having an excellent start to the season until he picked up the thigh injury which now seems to be worse than originally thought. Tomas Rosicky also remains on this absentee list.

There have been fitness concerns over Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott but all are expected to feature in the lunchtime kick off however the situation with Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is believed to be slightly more touch-and-go with both facing late fitness tests.

Jack Wilshere has admitted he is not yet at 100% physically after his long term absence through injury. The England international only recently made his return and despite a promising first game back he has struggled since and was sent off against Manchester United for two bookable offences. He admits he is slightly off the pace but is working hard to get back to his best as soon as possible.

Christian Benteke has announced his love for Arsenal. While not expressing a desire to one day play for the club it was reported the Belgium international expressed how much he enjoys watching Arsenal play and that they are the ‘club I love’. Contrary to some reports at no point did he express a desire to play for Arsenal but still Gunners fans will be comforted to know this talented front-man has such admiration for the North London side.

Arsenal have failed to score for the fourth NextGen fixture in succession after being held to a goal-less draw in Bilbao. Reice Charles-Cook saved a penalty in the first half before Bilbao were reduced to ten men. Once again Arsenal were left cursing wasted opportunities as they would have felt a victory was there for the taking.

Wolves are reportedly putting the brakes on a deal to bring Emmanuel Frimpong back to the club on loan. The Ghanaian will be monitored until January as current Wolves boss Stale Solbaken does not yet feel the midfielder is fully fit after his serious knee injury.

What are your thoughts on everything and anything happening at Arsenal FC on the 16th November 2012?

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