Arsenal’s star man Alexis Sanchez is set to miss the Gunners trip to White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, as the player continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.
Arsene Wenger had hoped that resting the Chilean against Aston Villa would have given the player enough rest and time to recover for the big game this weekend. But the news breaking on Thursday afternoon was bad for the Gunners.
Danny Welbeck could still return for the derby game, the English forward has been out since before Christmas. Arsenal can take confidence from Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott’s performances since they returned, and hope that the duo can continue to improve this weekend.
The Gunners still have plenty of options in those attacking midfield roles, and the likes of Tomas Rosicky did not even start against Aston Villa in the 5-0 thrashing last weekend.
Here’s how the Arsenal fans are reacting on Twitter to the news of Alexis’ injury:
In a week Alexis has gone from "might be out for Aston Villa" to definitely out for Spurs and possibly fit for Leicester
— Passenal (@Passenal1) February 5, 2015
Huge blow that Sànchez is out for the Derby, but regardless we still have Walcott, Özil, Cazorla & Welbeck going forward. Positives.
— Locaa (@antoinelocaa) February 5, 2015
Own up ! Sanchez out, your second thought after the disappointment was if we get beat we can say we were without our best player !
— Tim Hardwicke (@Arselona) February 5, 2015
No Sanchez is absolutely huge, gutted.
— Jack (@jackAFCmartin) February 5, 2015
Alexis Sanchez ruled out of Saturday's north London derby against Spurs. pic.twitter.com/a01YgqFyOZ
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 5, 2015
NO SANCHEZ FOR THE NLD yeeeeeeah! coys
— THFC Spurs (@G0Spurs) February 5, 2015
The fact I'm not even worried that Alexis Sanchez is out of the North London Derby shows what great squad depth we now have.
— Ollie (@AFCOllie) February 5, 2015
Gutted Sanchez out but we've dominated spurs for 50 years before him, sure weekend will be no different
— Jamie (@ccjip93) February 5, 2015
Totally gutted that @Alexis_Sanchez is out of the Derby saturday!!!
— Dan (@DanPace86) February 5, 2015