“(He will be out for) three to four weeks“, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the veteran who had been billed as the final piece in Arsenal’s title-winning puzzle when he arrived from champions Chelsea in the summer.
It was a much-changed Swans line-up, showing six alterations from the weekend defeat to Tottenham and with more than an eye on a crunch match at home to fellow strugglers Norwich on Saturday. He claims the team doesn not have self belief they can be champions.
“We have more maybe duels than usual in the game on the pitch and the pitch is quick as well, so that favours a very quick game”.
The Chile global has given an interview to Directv Sports that has seen the player quoted as suggesting that the Arsenal squad lacks the “self-belief” to win.
“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”.
But Wenger did not dispute that fans were fuming after the Swansea game, which followed defeats to Manchester United and Barcelona and a goalless draw at home with Championship Hull in the FA Cup. We crushed them in the first 20 minutes and went 2-0 up. “We were hungry and brimming with confidence that day”.
But Wayne Routledge and Williams sealed an unlikely comeback win for Francesco Guidolin’s men as Arsenal remained three points off Tottenham and a further three behind Claudio Ranieri’s leaders.
“It’s a massive win and we seem to enjoy coming here, for whatever reason”.
This particular north London collision comes when both teams are under some scrutiny about their capacity to handle the pressure of a title challenge, both having lost in midweek.
“I don’t know [about the title race] because I don’t know what to say about that”, Wenger explained.
“I don’t want to comment on that, it doesn’t help us to win tomorrow (at Spurs)”.
Colombian Ospina has made just five appearances in all competitions this season for the Gunners.