Arsenal could find themselves without the services of Petr Cech for this weekend’s cross-town derby against Tottenham Hotspur. The 35-year-old sustained a minor calf problem during the backend of the Gunners’ 5-1 league triumph over Everton and this could potentially sideline him for the first time during the Premier League season.
According to Sky Sports News, the Gunners are due to monitor the extent of the injury in the coming days and any damage would certainly see the veteran miss the north London derby at the Wembley Stadium. If this is the case, David Ospina remains the favourite to don the gloves after having been preferred for the Cup and European competitions this term.
Cech has been guilty of making a number of errors over the course of the season, but the Gunners’ fans would no doubt admit that he is a better option between the sticks than Ospina, who has been found out for his weakness from set-pieces where he has been average with his aerial ability.
Arsenal secured a first victory in four-and-a-half seasons against Spurs earlier in the campaign, and they should head into the derby with some positivity, considering they have a strong record at the Wembley Stadium, where they have remained unbeaten since 2014.
The Gunners are currently behind the top-four positions by a margin of just five points and a victory over Spurs would surely enhance their prospects of a Champions League spot. Chelsea are currently the side occupying the fourth position in the standings but their form has not been the best with back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford.