Arsenal duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard expected to be FIT for the North London Derby

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Arsenal duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard expected to be FIT for the North London Derby after struggling with calf issues… with Norwegian expected to play for his country during the international break

  • Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard could return from injuries soon
  • Both have struggled with calf issues recently and missed games for Arsenal
  • Neither injury is serious and both could be back to face Tottenham next week
  • Odegaard is set to join up with the Norway squad and could play this week 

Arsenal duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard should be fit for the North London Derby next weekend, according to a report.

Zinchenko missed the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Brentford on on Sunday after a brief period back in the team after injury, while captain Odegaard was also absent from the game after picking up a knock.

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According to the Metro, however, both are set to return to the squad for the crunch tie with rivals Tottenham, which could see Mikel Arteta’s side extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points.

Mikel Arteta is set to be handed an injury boost ahead of Arsenal’s game against Tottenham

Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to return to fitness soon

Martin Odegaard is also expected to be fit next weekend

Oleksandr Zinchenko (left) and Martin Odegaard (right) are set to return to fitness soon

Zinchenko has missed three Premier League games this season after struggling with a calf problem.

He returned to the Gunners squad for their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, but missed the game at the Brentford Community Stadium after picking up another knock.

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He missed Ukraine’s 3-0 defeat against Scotland last night, and is also expected to sit out of his side’s game against Armenia later this international break.

Odegaard, meanwhile, also missed the Brentford game with a knock, but it is not thought his calf issue is serious.

The 23-year-old is currently being examined by Arsenal’s medical staff in London, but could yet join up with Norway for their fixtures this international break.

Martin Odegaard is expected to join up with the Norway squad during this international break

Martin Odegaard is expected to join up with the Norway squad during this international break

Arsenal face Antonio Conte's Tottenham side in the North London Derby next Saturday

Arsenal face Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side in the North London Derby next Saturday

Arsenal have started the season in fine form and are top of the league after seven games, winning six and losing one of their matches so far.

They will not be helped however by the game next weekend being Saturday’s early kick-off, and face tough tests against Tottenham and then Liverpool after a kind start to the season fixture wise.

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But Arteta’s side seem to have bounced back from last season’s disappointment of missing out on the Champions League, having also won their one Europa League game so far. 

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