Arsenal have been hit by a major gust as their number one shot stopper, Petr Cech, has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering a calf injury in the defeat against West Brom at Hawthorns.
The former Chelsea man’s absence will surely hurt the Gunners one way or the other as their hopes of a 21st consecutive top four finish is under heavy scrutiny. The recent defeat at hands of Tony Pulis’ West Brom has seen them slipping to the fifth spot in the Premier League table. Cech was taken off in the 38th minute at the Hawthorns.
Furthermore, Arsenal are about to face some heavy fixtures and up next is the visit of Guardiola’s Manchester City (on 2nd of April). Just four days after, West Ham will be marking their presence at the Emirates followed by a trip to Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough. A draw or a defeat means Arsenal will be ruled out of the top four finish since their opponents have gained a sustainable momentum.
However, the good news for the Gunner is; Cech will be available for the FA Cup semi-final with City at Wembley on April 23.
Arsenal sure have a trusted deputy in David Ospina, but the Colombian stopper has seen his form dropping like anything. he conceded 10 goals against a majestic Bayern Munich side. Besides that, it is also reported that he is not happy with the minutes he is getting at the club and a potential summer exit from the Emirates is touted.
With that being said and done, it is fair to say that Arsenal will be having a tough summer as some of their big names, namely, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are expected to leave the club. Besides that, Barcelona’s approach for Hector Bellerin is also a threat for the Gunners. Bellerin, who joined the Gunners in 2011 from the Barcelona academy, has a contract with Arsenal until 2023, however, the Spanish full-back has said that the links of Barcelona are quite encouraging.
“It’s nice there are a lot of big clubs that are interested in me, but if one of those is Barcelona, that’s special,” he reportedly told Spanish newspaper Sport. “I don’t forget I grew up in that home and I will never forget my stay at Barcelona.”