Arsenal to be without key man for Tottenham clash

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that Petr Cech will be out for up to a month, with the goalkeeper set to sit out the clash with Tottenham Hotspur today.

The Czech Republic international has been in impressive form for the Gunners since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Chelsea in the summer.

However, Cech picked up a calf injury in the midweek 2-1 defeat to Swansea at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night and will miss a key part of the North London club’s title push.

Wenger has stated that the experienced custodian will be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, but that he has faith in replacement David Ospina.

“Cech will be out for three or four weeks,” the manager told The Daily Mail.

“He had a groin alert, he could not kick the ball properly because of his groin.

“Yes of course [it’s a loss]. But then you look at the win rate of [David] Ospina and it’s very good. Honestly I’m not worried at all.”

Ospina was Arsenal’s first choice in the second half of last season but lost his place once Cech arrived.

The Colombian made a number of mistakes in the Champions League earlier this season but has a chance to redeem himself at White Hart Lane.