Petr Cech has been ruled out of Arsenal’s north London derby with Tottenham on Saturday.
The Gunners keeper, who has made so many critical saves this season, will miss what is surely Arsenal’s biggest this season, if not the biggest game for the past decade.
Cech’s injury couldn’t have been more ‘Arsenal’. The Czech international captain ambitiously went up for an offensive corner at the end of his side’s shock home defeat to Swansea, desperate to salvage a point – but as Swansea broke away, Cech pulled up as he scrambled to get back to his own goal.
Arsene Wenger confirmed Cech would miss the trip to White Hart Lane with David Ospina set to come in.
The bad news doesn’t end there for Arsenal fans; Laurent Koscielny is also out of the huge showdown. The Frenchman sat on the sidelines during the loss to Swansea with a calf problem – Per Mertesacker and Gabriel will start in defence against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Wenger said: “Petr Cech is injured. I think it will keep him out of the game against Tottenham at the weekend. But I have full-confidence in David Ospina.”
Arsenal’s crushing defeat was their second in only four days, as goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams secured a vital win for the visiting Welsh side.
Wenger’s men are now six points behind leaders Leicester ahead of their ultimatum at White Hart Lane.
Depressingly Arsenal now seem more likely to drop out of the top four, than win the title with Manchester United just four points behind.