Arsenal title hopes hit as Cech faces lengthy absence

Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech is pictured as he takes part in a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 1st leg football match against Barcelona at Arsenal's London Colney training ground on February 22, 2016.  Arsenal will play against Barcelona at the  Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday February 23, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRK

Arsenal’s Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech is pictured as he takes part in a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 1st leg football match against Barcelona at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on February 22, 2016.<br />Arsenal will play against Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday February 23, 2016. / AFP / GLYN KIRK

Arsenal’s hopes of capturing their first Premier League title in 12 years took a huge hit on Friday with news that goalkeeper Petr Cech faces up to a month out injured.

The Czech Republic international suffered a muscular problem at the end of Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Swansea City.

That reverse left the Gunners six points below Premier League leaders Leicester City in third place, ahead of Saturday’s trip to second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Cech’s absence confirmed by manager Arsene Wenger at a press conference on Friday thrusts Colombian World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina into the spotlight.

Former Chelsea star Cech injured his calf as he raced back towards his own penalty area after coming up for a corner against Swansea.



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