Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard are injury doubts for Arsenal ahead of the big North London Derby clash against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon

Arsenal to host Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates in the first edition of the feisty rivalry this campaign.

Both teams come into it in fine form, holding identical records of four wins and one draw from their opening five fixtures so far. For the Gunners and Mikel Arteta, they will be hopeful that it is the start of building towards another title push in the league, having missed out last season.

In Spurs they find a dangerous opposition that have come to life under new head coach Ange Postecoglou, who has revitalised the club since arriving in the summer. Impressive performances have been backed up by results that has seen the Australian win over supporters and neutrals in double quick time.

It will be down to the Gunners to give them the toughest test of their campaign so far, but they may have to do so without two key players. Gabriel Martinelli is one of those who is an injury doubt before the game, having missed PSV in the Champions League after suffering a hamstring injury against Everton last time out in the Premier League.

Leandro Trossard would be the usual replacement, but he was absent from the final training session before the trip, prompting injury fears too. So with that said, here’s a look at a few options Arteta could use to replace the pair on the left-wing for such an important game.

Emile Smith-Rowe return

With injury troubles of his own, one of the only players that has struggled with the uptick in form for Arsenal in the past year or so has been Emile Smith-Rowe. The youngster impressed in 2021/22, but a whole host of issues the following campaign has seen him struggle to earn a place once again.

The England international has shown he is more than capable on the left though and if he is fully fit once again, he could find himself back there for the North London Derby.

A forward line reshuffle

There could be a slight shuffle to the forward line that could allow the side to function well, with Gabriel Jesus more than capable playing on the left. If he were to move there, one of Eddie Nketiah or Kai Havertz could find themselves called upon to play up front in the high profile fixture.

A new role

Another wide option is Reiss Nelson, who is more than capable of playing on the right, but could be handed an opportunity on the left. If he is less than comfortable there, then Bukayo Saka could switch sides, having played on the left flank before but less so in recent years.