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Arsenal team news heading into the North London derby

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In need of some tidbits to chew on prior to tomorrow's match? Look no further than here.

Shaun Botterill

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger addressed the media today during his usual pre-match news conference, and a lot of talk centered around the health of some notable dinged-up players.  He confirmed that center back Per Mertesacker will be available for selection, left back Kieran Gibbs is "alright," and Mathieu Flamini is back as well (who then promptly received a yellow card upon news of his return).

He then touched on the controversy de jour within Arsenal's squad this season, which is Mesut Ozil and where he sees the midfield maestro playing.  Wenger said:

It is tempting to keep Ozil in that central role but I maintain again that he will play where he is needed for the balance of the team and that can change game by game.

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