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Things go from bad to worse for Arsenal as duo ruled out of north London derby

Petr Cech picked up an injury in Wednesday night’s defeat to Swansea City.

Petr Cech will miss this weekend's game against Spurs.
Petr Cech will miss this weekend's game against Spurs.
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ARSENAL WILL BE without goalkeeper Petr Cech and centre-back Laurent Koscielny for Saturday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur, manager Arsene Wenger revealed after yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Swansea City.

“Cech got a muscular problem at the end of the game,” Wenger said. “He will not play on Saturday. I have full faith in (reserve goalkeeper David) Ospina.”

On Koscielny, he added: “He has a calf problem as well. He will not play on Saturday.”

The double injury blow will have blackened Wenger’s mood yet further after a result that left Arsenal six points below Premier League leaders Leicester City in third place.

It was Arsenal’s third defeat in a row, after previous losses at the hands of Barcelona and Manchester United, and saw them booed off by their own fans at the Emirates Stadium.

- © AFP, 2016 

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