Arsene Wenger gave updates on Petr Čech and Nacho Monreal after Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Everton, during which he had to withdraw both players and it looks as if neither are suffering from serious problems.
Wenger brought on Sead Kolasinac for Nacho Monreal in the half-time break, a surprising change given the left-back’s good performances recently. The manager explained after the match it was an enforced substitution, saying,“Monreal was sick.”
Arsenal don’t have another game until next weekend, so the Spaniard should be over his sickness by then. It’s certainly better news than a strain or a hamstring tear.
On Čech, who came off in the second half for David Ospina, Wenger said: “He has a kick on his calf. I don’t know medically how bad it is. Just a kick.”
Hopefully the kick doesn’t keep the goalkeeper out for too long, with the match against Spurs next weekend.
Although the 35-year-old keeper been convincing recently, it’s better to have all options available. Plus, I don’t trust Ospina to come and claim corners and free-kicks against Harry Kane.
Then again, if Arsenal play free-flowing clinical football like they did against Everton, it may not matter. The Gunners’ tactic of buying attacking players, ignoring the defence and just trying to outscore the opposition worked pretty well in the match against the Toffees.
Let’s hope it does again on February 10th.