After Chelsea’s collapse under Jose Mourinho at the beginning of this campaign and Manchester City’s stuttering form throughout the season, Arsenal should have ran away with the league title and should be comfortably ahead at this stage with 10 games left to play.
Arsenal are heading into one of their most important clashes of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign without one of their most experienced players and number one goalkeeper Petr Cech, but Arsene Wenger is confident that his replacement David Ospina is fully capable of holding the fort and filling in for the Czech Republic worldwide in goal.
Arsenal slumped to a second straight defeat in midweek, losing 2-1 at home to relegation-threatened Swansea City on the back of a 3-2 loss at Manchester United last weekend.
Cech’s absence thrusts Colombian World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina into the spotlight but Wenger insists he has no concerns on that score.
A third victory in four visits to White Hart Lane would restore belief they can close the six-point gap on current leaders Leicester and move the Gunners level on points with Tottenham in second place.
“Every point or three points we get now on is massive – we are going out to win games as we should be doing but even if we win Saturday we know it is not job done”.
“Thierry Henry has his opinions”, Wenger said.
“At the moment, I believe that we need to get back to positive results before we speak about the championship which is at stake at the moment”.
Arsenal have not finished below rivals Spurs during Wenger’s tenure but they are at risk of spurning arguably their best chance to win the league since last lifting the trophy in 2003-04.
“[The other results] mean we are mathematically still in the game”. It’s not about ‘are you nervous?’, it’s about winning the game – that’s what they’ve got to focus on. “We don’t dream. We have to be realistic and come back to what we do well. the basics”.
“I think he has improved well”.
Reflecting on the news, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed that Cech was suffering from a groin problem before the game, which later turned into the calf injury.
“He has enough experience to play at this level and I don’t think it will be a problem for him”, Cech concluded.