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Arsenal worrying of missing three key stars for vital derby against Spurs

Victory is key to Arsene Wenger’s side getting back into contention for the race for the Champions League places

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Arsenal worrying of missing three key stars for vital derby against Spurs

Victory is key to Arsene Wenger’s side getting back into contention for the race for the Champions League places

07 February 2018 Wednesday 16:22
Arsenal worrying of missing three key stars for vital derby against Spurs

Arsenal team news includes the latest from the treatment room ahead of the Saturday's game at Wembley

Arsenal head into Saturday’s north London derby against Spurs with fitness doubts hanging over three stars.

Victory is key to Arsene Wenger’s side getting back into contention for the race for the Champions League places, with results last weekend seeing them move to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Spurs meanwhile sit fifth, four points above the Gunners, after they drew 2-2 with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday thanks to an injury time penalty from Harry Kane.

So a win for Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday would see the Gunners move to within one point of their north London rivals prior to European football getting underway again.

But they could well be without Petr Cech who looks increasingly likely to miss out with the calf injury he picked up during the win against Everton.

Cech was forced off in the second half against the Blues and was replaced by David Ospina, with Wenger admitting after the game he was unsure as to the extent of the injury.

Initially Arsenal hoped the problem was just an impact injury following a collision, but the signs now suggest it is a muscular problem that will see Cech sidelined this weekend.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech leaves the fied with physio Colin Lewin during the Premier League match against Everton.

That will see Ospina come in for his first league start of the season, with the Columbian having so far only featured in the League Cup and Europa League.

Nacho Monreal is also a doubt for the game, although Arsenal hope he will have recovered from the sickness bug that saw him forced off at half-time against Everton.

Danny Welbeck meanwhile is closing in on a return but Arsenal don’t want to take any risks on the striker who has been out with a hip injury since the defeat at Bournemouth.

Football.London 

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Rasaki 2018-02-07 22:36:42

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