Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he doesn’t expect Hector Bellerin to be fit for the Tottenham match on Sunday.
The 20-year-old right-back didn’t feature in last night’s 5-1 hammering by Bayern Munich in the Champions League reverse match because of a groin problem, and Wenger in the post-match conference revealed that the Spaniard is in no position to play against the Spurs.
“I don’t think Bellerin will be available for Sunday,” the French manager was also quoted in Arsenal’s official website. “We have no more injuries, apart from the one to our heads. We have to focus on Sunday and turn up with a different performance. We are in a strong position in the league.”
In absence of Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy was deputised against Bayern at the Allianz Arena and is expected to do the same duty again in Arsenal host Tottenham this weekend. The France international unfortunately lost three of the ten games he has played in this campaign before named in the starting eleven due to Bellerin’s injury, and the unlucky charm struck again, this time it’s Debuchy.
He was last night caught out of position again and again and was taken apart by Kinglsey Coman in a frustrating first half. He was also out of protection as Joel Campbell didn’t perform his duty. But later in the second half Debuchy did well when he produced an excellent recovery tackle to outplay Arjen Robben after the Dutchman had rounded Petr Cech.
On the other hand, Koscielny has a hip problem right now; he was in the dugout against Bayern Munich but didn’t join the warm-up. Wenger had to leave him as a substitute just in name. Wenger has revealed, Koscielny has a slight chance to play the weekend league encounter. Arsenal are now level with Manchester City in the fight for Premier League this season.
It’s just the early November and already physical condition of the Gunners seems to stand the biggest challenge for Wenger to the Premier League title battle. Arsene Wenger’s squad surprisingly now have the second longest injury list among the Premier League teams and the performance against Bayern last night clearly showed the players are so much fatigued.