Arsene Wenger confirms the probable absence of key player for Tottenham showdown

Arsenal have the chance to close in on the gap between they and the Manchester Clubs when they play Tottenham this Sunday. The Gunners are currently occupying the sixth spot on the table but a win over their arch rivals Tottenham will see them move two points within Man City who sit in fourth position despite drawing Man United yesterday.

Ahead of the crunch derby tie, Arsene Wenger delivered his latest team news and revealed that Oxlade Chamberlain is in contention for a place in the squad but Laurent Koscielny is a major doubt. Koscielny picked up a knee injury in Arsenal’s win over League holders Leicester City.

When quizzed about Koscielny’s Chance of featuring this weekend, Wenger said:

The uncertainty we have at the moment is about Laurent Koscielny. The news yesterday was quite positive so I hope he has a chance of being available.

Wenger has resorted to playing a 3-4-3 formation which sees Kosclieny at the heart of the back three. The probable absence of the French centre-back may pose a big challenge to Arsene Wenger selection as Mustafi is also sidelined with injury. Wenger’s option is limited to Rob Holding and Gabriel Paulista but if he sticks with the same back three and Kosclieny remains unfit, Monreal will play as one of the CBs.

Tottenham are certainly going to be a hard knot for Arsenal to crack – they have won their last eight League games and are exuding so much confidence. However, this is a north London derby and anything is possible.