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Wenger: Goalie Cech out for up to one month ahead of derby

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that injured goalkeeper Petr Cech could be sidelined for three to four weeks with a calf injury as he said that the team's confidence was "jaded" after Wednesday's game.

Speaking ahead of the pivotal North London derby on Saturday, the Frenchman described Cech's injury as serious, and added that Laurent Koscielny will also miss the White Hart Lane match with Tottenham.

He said: "It is a serious calf injury and he had a groin alert on the first goal and he could not kick the ball properly out because of his groin and maybe compensated a little too much and provoked another muscular injury."

But he added that he had "complete confidence" in David Ospina who will deputise for Cech at Spurs and in the coming weeks.

On tomorrow's game, he said that the result is difficult to predict, adding that their confidence was "jaded" after Wednesday's loss to Swansea City.

"The results are so unpredictable, the most gifted mathematician will have problems working out how this Premier League works," he said.

Maybe our confidence has been a bit jaded but it’s like always in football. We do 98 per cent of things right and we have to add the two per cent of things that are down to maybe finding back our collective qualities and even put more effort in.

I feel a massive disappointment after Wednesday’s game. I would just like to come back on that because we watched the game again. We were a bit unlucky as well because the second goal was offside and the first goal was a blatant foul on [Mesut] Ozil that was not given. We can only look at ourselves to correct the results but everything went against us on Wednesday night.

– Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger