Arsenal are facing a doomsday scenario ahead of the London derby against Tottenham next weekend, with news that in-form right-back Hector Bellerin is nursing a minor groin injury which will rule him out of the Tottenham clash.
Bellerin missed Arsenal’s 5-1 battering at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday evening but there were hopes the Spaniard will be fit for Spurs’ clash this weekend.
However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website after the game on Wednesday that Bellerin is unlikely to feature against Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Sunday.
“I don’t think Bellerin will be available for Sunday but there is a small chance,” Wenger said. “From tonight we don’t have any new injuries.”
Should Bellerin end up not featuring in the game, it will be a big blow for Arsenal who have lost four of the five games the young Spaniard has not started so far this season, conceding 13 goals in the process.
In his absence, Mathieu Debuchy who started at right-back against Bayern last night has not been impressive and the Frenchman will need to put in a good display against Tottenham next weekend.
Bellerin’s injury means Arsene Wenger has nine first team players injured including Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.
Injuries have always hindered Arsenal’s title tilt in the past seasons, with Arsene Wenger’s side failing to win the Premier League title for over 10 years.