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Posted: Mar 5, 2016 at 6:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor, Lagos

Cech Out Four Weeks Over Calf
> Injury
>
> 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
>