Yesterday we reported the news that quartet of injured Arsenal players Cazorla, Bellerin, Monreal and Walcott will be fit to play against Tottenham on Sunday. Since that report, there has been more slightly negative news regarding the fitness situation of the aforementioned players.
According to Telegraph’s Arsenal correspondent Jeremy Wilson, Arsenal are merely hopeful that the quartet will be fit enough to play against Tottenham on Sunday. This means even the club is not certain they will be fit to play in the North London Derby. A far cry from the Daily star report of yesterday that stated all the players will be fit enough to play against Sp*rs.
Jeremy Wilson is quite well placed when it comes to Arsenal news and if he says Arsenal are not certain the players would be fit, then we can take his news report as gospel which is sad really. We simply can’t afford to lose to Sp*rs on Sunday and without the injured players returning, we will need Tottenham to really play badly for us to stand a chance. I am not underestimating what the other players can do but as the game against Ludogorets on Tuesday showed, we are not that strong without the injured players.
We may be able to do without Walcott and Monreal as Chamberlain, Ramsey and Iwobi can easily replace Walcott while Gibbs is a reliable cover for Monreal but Cazorla and Bellerin will be difficult to replace. Although we have many midfielders who can play the Cazorla role, unfortunately none of them is as good as the Spaniard. And Jenkinson is certainly not as good as Bellerin too.
Since our opening day 3-4 defeat to Liverpool at home, we have gone 15 games unbeaten in all competition, if we must lose our unbeaten run, it shouldn’t be against Tottenham who themselves are yet to taste defeat in the Premier league this season. We should instead be aiming to end their own unbeaten run in the league.
If we beat Tottenham this Sunday, we will not only put an end to their ambition of having an invincible season but also extend our lead over them and possibly maintain our position on the table depending on how many goals Liverpool and City score in their own matches or if they win their own matches.