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Robin van Persie is believed to be pushing for a return to competitive footbal when Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur clash in the north London derby on November 20.

The Dutchman has been sidelined with an ankle injury for the past two months, but manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed that the forward is "very close" to a return to full training.

Now The Mirror claims that the former Feyenoord man is hoping to make it in time to play a part in the derby game against Spurs.

In the meantime, Wenger recently revealed that Kieran Gibbs could be out for "several weeks" after suffering an injury during the recent League Cup victory over Newcastle United.

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