Arsenal handed significant blow ahead of derby clash with Tottenham

The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the North London derby. Sat to take place at lunchtime on Saturday, it’s one of the biggest games in the English football calendar, and it’s sure to be a hugely exciting game to watch.

It is coming at an interesting time for both clubs. Tottenham are on a renewed path of relatively solid form, whilst Arsenal have been buoyed by the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Clearly, then, the foundations are there for quite the game.

However, ahead of the fixture, Arsenal have suffered a rather significant blow. According to the Telegraph, Petr Cech is likely to miss the game through injury, having failed to recover from an injury sustained in Arsenal’s last game against Everton.

Cech has been an ever-present in the Premier League for the Gunners this term, having made 26 starts in the English top flight. His form has, admittedly, tailed off over the last few weeks, but there is no doubting his determination and effort between the sticks for the club.

As the Telegraph reports, the natural replacement for Cech would be David Ospina. He has yet to start a game in the Premier League this term, having firmly been established as Arsenal’s backup keeper.

That being said, he does have years of experience behind him, and he has played on occasion in the Premier League over the last few years. In truth, this has come at a fantastic time, given the increased emphasis on Cech’s form over the last few weeks.

The length of Cech’s supposed absence remains to be seen, but he’ll be a big miss this weekend – that’s for sure.

Landlord’s Verdict

Ospina, whilst not a world-class keeper, is a solid pair of hands for the Gunners whenever he plays.

He’ll be ready and determined to do a good job, especially given that there is a potential opening for him in the first team.

Nonetheless, it’s certainly a blow for the Gunners.

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