Petr out for up to a month
Petr Čech will be out of action for three or four weeks, manager Arséne Wenger has confirmed. Following an injury sustained in the latter stages of their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Swansea City in midweek, the former Chelsea goalkeeper has suffered a calf injury and second-choice 'keeper David Ospina will continue in the breach ahead of some important fixtures before the upcoming international break.
Ospina, who has grown frustrated at his lack of minutes this term, played a starring role in their enthralling 2-2 away draw against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunchtime. Making a string of important saves, he could do nothing to deny Toby Alderweireld's close-range effort, nor Harry Kane's fantastic strike on the edge of the area in a quick-fire second-half double.
As quoted by BT Sport after the Swansea loss, Čech described the defeat as a "bitter" one on a personal level - having battled hard in search of three points, but ultimately lost and sustained an injury too.
Arsenal are set to play against Championship side Hull City tomorrow evening, and have more fixtures against West Brom (h), La Liga giants Barcelona (Champions League, last-16 second leg) and Everton (a). Čech has totalled an impressive 15 clean sheets in all competitions this campaign, and his world-class ability is unrivalled - so his absence will undoubtedly be a loss to Arsenal's stability in defence.
Wenger's praise for Ospina
In Arséne's press conference this morning, he had praise for Ospina after an impressive individual display on Saturday. He said he rates the Colombian as a "top world-class goalkeeper", and unlike many supporters, "never questioned his ability."