Wenger’s side go into the contest fresh from back-to-back defeats away at Manchester United and home to Swansea, leaving them six points behind leaders Leicester City.
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. Who can measure that? You want the players to be tough enough to sometimes be able to play through a little pain. Where do you see that?
“For a lot of people it looks more interesting to say that I got injured running back from the corner but the reality is I had already injured a calf during the game in the last 10 minutes”, he told BT Sport. He has played really well…I think everybody at the club, including the staff and the players, has big confidence in him because we can see in training and in his global games that he is a great goalkeeper. “It’s quite remarkable that you are shocked by statements like that”.
Wenger knows a victory over Spurs, not only their neighbours but now their title rivals, would help silence the boo-boys as he heads for the cauldron of noise the home fans at White Hart Lane are likely to produce on Saturday.
Arsenal have now lost their last three games in all competitions and have not lost four in a row since 2002, where a late goal from Wayne Rooney saw Everton start that winless run, but Sanchez has risked rocking the boat having suggested in an interview with Directv that: “Sometimes we lack this hunger to believe that we can be champions”. “We are professional people”. We have to provoke the positive reaction from the fans and that’s our job. “It is one of the few derbies where the title is at stake”.
“I think he has improved well”.
Moreover, Wenger is facing an injury crisis going into the clash with two of his key performers Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny ruled out with injury. “We have maybe more duels than usual in the game on the pitch and the pitch is quick as well so that makes for a very quick game”.