Injury Blow: Wenger confirms two key players will miss North London Derby

Arsenal headed into the game hoping to bounce back from their chastening 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, but their title bid was dealt another damaging blow, as the Swans came from behind to record a stunning victory.

And if 3 consecutive defeats across all competitions for the first time since April 2010 weren’t enough, they’ll now be playing the crucial North London derby on Saturday without two key players: Cech and Koscielny.

Koscielny missed Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at the Emirates after picking up a calf injury in training, and Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will not be featuring against Tottenham either.

Also, Petr Cech, who has been amazing for Gunners since he arrived at the Emirates, injured himself going forward for a corner against Swansea City.

Wenger said after the game: “We created many chances and were unlucky in our finishing. It was a very disappointing result.

“I’m worried about results. It’s a very difficult moment for the team so we need to focus on ourselves and do the basics.

“Cech got a muscular problem at the end of the game. He will not play on Saturday. I have full faith in Ospina.”

“We hit the bar a few times, we were on top, we were unlucky. To lose a game like that is a shame but we have to respond.

“I still can’t understand that because it’s just under the eyes of the referee and we were unlucky with that decision.

“At the moment we lack a little bit confidence in front of goal. We have to deal with that.”


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