Huge Arsenal blow as star player ruled out of derby clash against Tottenham

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Petr Cech has been ruled out of the north London derby on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

The Arsenal goalkeeper injured his hamstring going up for a corner as the Gunners’ slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea on Wednesday night.

The Gunners No1, who has had an outstanding debut season at Emirates Stadium, will be replaced by his deputy David Ospina at White Hart Lane at the weekend.

Speaking at his post-match press conference on Wednesday, Wenger said: “Cech got a muscular problem at the end of the game. He will not play on Saturday. I have full faith in Ospina.”


Arsenal’s hopes of landing a first league title in 12 years suffered a heavy blow as Swansea came from behind to win at Emirates Stadium.

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Joel Campbell slid to hook the Gunners into an early lead and they looked set to make up ground on leaders Leicester.

Swansea – missing manager Francesco Guidolin through illness – levelled when Wayne Routledge side-footed home before Ashley Williams pounced to earn a crucial Swansea win that gave Arsenal a third consecutive defeat for the first time since April 2010.