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Cech Out Four Weeks Over Calf Injury

Posted: Mar 5, 2016 at 6:24 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Arsenal could be without Petr Cech for up to four weeks after the goalkeeper suffered an injury against Swansea City, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
Wenger will be without both Cech and Laurent Koscielny for the north London derby against Tottenham on Saturday.
But the Gunners boss has now revealed the former Chelsea man has a “serious calf injury” and will be out for three to four weeks, after aggravating a previous problem whilst running back from a late corner against the Swans.
Koscielny, meanwhile, continues to recover from a “small injury”, having missed the 2-1 defeat to Swansea with a separate calf problem.
“It’s a serious calf injury,” Wenger told reporters. “He had a groin alert and maybe compensated a bit too much and provoked another muscular injury.
“The problem we had to decide was before the game, but he declared himself 100 per cent fit. You have to trust the player – he’s 33 years old and a professional.
“You want the players to be tough enough sometimes to play with little pains because players are never perfect in March.
“Koscielny is a small injury but he’s out for tomorrow, maybe Tuesday (against Hull City). It’s a grade one injury, so it’s a very short one. I don’t think he will be available on Tuesday but next Saturday he will be alright.”
Wenger also issued an update on midfielder Jack Wilshere’s recovery from the broken fibula that has seen him sidelined for the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign, with the Frenchman hopeful he will return in “three to four weeks”.
2 .Rose Set To Repeat Glory Days Against Arsenal
Spurs defender has pleasant memories of visit of Arsenal to the Lane. “What a derby!’ We recall when Spurs came back from the brink to draw with the Gunners in 2011.”
The north London derby takes on even greater significance this Saturday as both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have the Barclays Premier League title in their sights.
Coming after midweek defeats, the two will attempt to keep the pressure on leaders Leicester City as well as get one up on their fiercest rivals in the early kick-off at White Hart Lane.
Spurs boast the superior head-to-head record on home soil, winning eight to Arsenal’s five to help redress their inferior overall record in the Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal have won at White Hart Lane this season, claiming a 2-1 League Cup triumph in September, and have 18 BPL victories against Spurs, in comparison with 10 triumphs for the Lilywhites. But Spurs have the edge in recent encounters, winning five of the past 12 in the league.
Danny Rose’s introduction to the north London derby was a spectacular one, a stunning 30-yard volley marking his top-flight debut in style as Spurs won 2-1 in April 2010.
The left-back has since become an established first-team star at White Hart Lane and has played a key role this season with his industrious displays, covering more than 10 kilometres per match.
Even if he has had to share time on the pitch with Ben Davies, who started in the defeat by West Ham United in midweek, Rose’s 1,342 minutes of BPL action this season have been productive, yielding a 79% pass completion rate and 13 chances laid on for his team-mates.
The 25-year-old even chipped in with the winning goal against Swansea City last weekend, opening his account for the campaign.
Arsenal’s season was grinding to a halt when they arrived at White Hart Lane in April 2011. Arsene Wenger’s side had been knocked out of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League the previous month, having suffered a shock League Cup final loss to Birmingham City in February.
A return of seven points from their last five Barclays Premier League matches also meant they could not afford to slip up against their rivals, who had won at Emirates Stadium in November.
But Arsenal’s title hopes were dashed as they squandered a two-goal lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Theo Walcott and Rafael van der Vaart exchanged goals in the opening 10 minutes, before Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie made it 3-1 to Arsenal. Van der Vaart’s penalty on the stroke of half-time gave the home fans hope and Tom Huddlestone’s wonderful half-volley kept Arsenal six points behind Manchester United, the leaders.
The north London divide is not commonly crossed, but Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Emmanuel Adebayor and David Bentley have played for both Arsenal and Spurs in the competition.
3 .Manchester City Cannot Make More Mistakes- Kompany
As Manchester City keep hopes alive for the English Premier League (EPL) title race Captain, Vincent Kompany, believes they cannot slip up again if they are to win the Premier League title.
City that is at home to bottom club Aston Villa this weekend lost 3-0 at Liverpool on Wednesday – their third league defeat in a row – and now trail surprise leaders Leicester City by 10 points.
Title rivals Arsenal and Tottenham also lost, but centre-half Kompany said: “We can’t make any more mistakes.”
“It is an awkward season,” said Kompany. “Good for the fans, but you can’t predict anything, can you?
“If there is one guarantee for this season, it is nothing is sure.”
City, who have a game in hand on Leicester, have now lost eight times in the league this season, while Leicester have lost just three.
The last time City suffered three league defeats in a row was in 2008.
“We will see what is happening at the weekend,” said Kompany. “We need to get the three points and maybe Leicester will drop some points.”
Chelsea Targets Another Maximun Points
Chelsea and Stoke City will play their twenty-ninth game of the Premier League season at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, 5th March.
The teams last played in November 2015 and Stoke City won the game 1 – 0. Before that they played in October 2015 and the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw.
Chelsea is currently tenth in the Premier League with 39 points having won 10 games, drawn 9 and lost 9. They are one point below Southampton.
Stoke City is seventh in the league with 42 points having won 12 games, drawn 6 and lost 10. They are four points below West Ham

4 .Swansea To Maintain Form vs Norwich
Swansea City will attempt to build on their impressive 2-1 win at Arsenal when they welcome an out-of-form Norwich City side to the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Victory at the Emirates on Wednesday moved Swansea six points clear of the relegation zone, but Norwich lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea on Tuesday to keep the Canaries inside the bottom three.
Swansea remain in trouble in the table – just two places outside of the relegation zone, but they are now six points clear of 18th-place Norwich and there is no denying the importance of this weekend’s match in Wales. It has been a difficult campaign for the Swans, but they are actually only six points from 13th spot and much could change in the final months
5. Palace Host West Brom To End Winless Run
Crystal Palace look to end a miserable nine-match winless run when they travel to face West Brom at the Hawthorns this weekend.
Palace are yet to register a Premier League win this calendar year, but will be hoping to use last weekend’s FA Cup win over Tottenham as the catalyst to kick-start a revival.
The Eagles have free-fallen to 13th in the table, locked level on 32 points with West Brom, and with neither side completely free from the threat of being dragged into a relegation battle.
Goals, or a distinct lack of, have come as a major cause for concern for the Londoners, having found the net just four times in the league since Boxing Day.
West Brom, meanwhile, were dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Reading last weekend, a defeat shrouded in controversy after midfielder Chris Brunt was struck by a coin thrown by a Baggies supporter.
The Baggies will be keen to put that unsavoury episode behind them by returning to winning ways in the league and picking up from where they left off in a gutsy 1-0 win at Everton last time out.
EPL Fixtures
Tottenham vs Arsenal 12:45
Chelsea vs Stoke 15:00
Everton vs West Ham 15:00
Man City vs Aston Villa 15:00
Newcastle vs Bournemouth 15:00
Southampton vs Sunderland 15:00
Swansea vs Norwich 15:00
Watford vs Leicester 17:30