Arsenal return to action against local rivals Tottenham this weekend in a much-talked about Derby after their disappointing loss in the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League. With the Gunners in a fine form on the local scene, they will be hoping to come out victorious against a strong Tottenham side. Tottenham have been in a run of fine form winning 8 out of 10 games.
However, Arsenal’s chances of winning the match has been dealt a massive blow as the Gunners have yet again suffered another injury blow, as rightback Hector Bellerin has been ruled out of the all-North London affairs. The Spaniard missed the trip to Germany due to a minor groin injury, and was initially expected to be fit for weekend’s clas.
But that won’t be the case now as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed during the post match conference at Munich that the player won’t be available for selection. The Frenchman said concerning his unavailability,
“I don’t think Bellerin will be available for Sunday but there is a small chance.”
His absence will come as an heavy blow, as his contributions to the back line has been numerous. The 20 year-old’s assist in the first leg against Bayern gave the Gunners a much needed boost to secure victory and 3 points. The team will have to do with former Newcastle defender, Mathieu Debuchy who wasn’t very much impressive against Munich’s attackers, and will have to put up better displays if he is to foil Tottenham’s attacks.
Arsenal have lost 4 out of 5 games which Hector Bellerin didn’t start, and they have conceded 13 goals. Him missing the game means Arsenal will be without major first team members as Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, and Jack Wilshere are all sidelined with injury and unavailable for selection. The Gunners are currently joint top leaders on the log, and a victory could see them retain their position if City draw or lose. A win against a Tottenham side that has lost just 1 out of 11 games in the EPL will come as a big boost in their title aspirations.