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Team News: Bellerin likely to return, others questionable ahead of Spurs

Four Arsenal players remain doubts for the derby

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Hector Bellerin looks likely to return to the squad against Tottenham this Sunday, but his spot among the walking wounded may have been taken by Kieran Gibbs.

The boss clarified that Bellerin was left behind for the Ludogorets trip as a precaution, but should be ready to face the lasagna-loving neighbors this weekend.

On the other side of the field, there is uncertainty around Gibbs who has been “touched on his shoulder” and will be evaluated later today. He joins Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott, who didn’t travel for the midweek game, with Wenger suggesting Walcott is the closest of the three to making his return.

That leaves the manager with a potential selection headache over the weekend if neither of his left-backs is fit. With Cazorla unlikely to play, Wenger has also voiced concern over Granit Xhaka's discipline in a game as heated as the North London Derby.

The Swiss international has received three yellow cards and one red card already this season, including a caution in Tuesday’s game against Ludogorets. However, Xhaka also scored the Gunners’ first goal to get them back on track in Bulgaria, so if he can have that kind of impact on Sunday I’m sure the Arsenal faithful will find a way to forgive him for leaving a few maimed Spurs players in his wake.