Wenger: Cech doubtful for north London derby

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Petr Cech could miss Arsenal’s north London derby clash with Tottenham through injury.

The goalkeeper received a kick to his calf, and hobbled off in the second half of the Gunners’ 5-1 thrashing of Everton on Saturday, with Colombian David Ospina replacing him.

Wenger remains unsure if he will be ready for Saturday’s trip to bitter rivals Spurs.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Wenger said: “We should have a similar squad to Everton.

“Maybe Danny Welbeck will be back, but we are not sure with Cech. We had a few problems with Cech and he has not practised. I don’t know if he should be available. Nacho Monreal should be alright, so it should be a similar squad.

“I’ve no problem with that [having to make do without Cech]. Ospina or Cech – I’ll make my decision tomorrow [Friday]. I will not take any risks if he’s not 100 per cent because I’ve full confidence in Ospina.”

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