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Six Arsenal players out for North London Derby

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Shaun Botterill

Arsenal will be without five players for the North London Derby. Arsene Wenger confirmed that Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal will all miss the match, while saying earlier in the week that Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo will also miss out.

One player who may return is Mathieu Flamini. The midfielder looks like a good bet to return to the pitch after missing the last two matches.

The only difference compared to Villa and Southampton is that Mathieu Flamini might be available again," Wenger told Arsenal.com. "He had a dead leg. I feel he should be back."

It's tough to say whether Flamini's return really helps the Gunners. On one hand, he's been pretty terrible, but on the other, Arsenal don't have many midfielders who can tackle so having anyone who can fit into that role is a bonus. It's probably the former.

If Arsenal could have any of their injured back for this match, it would almost certainly be Debuchy or Walcott. But neither will be there, even if Flamini might. The Gunners aren't supremely healthy right now, while Spurs are. This may be a chance for Tottenham to capitalize.