Belfast Telegraph

Arsene Wenger believes depleted Arsenal can bounce back

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his squad can quickly recover from their Champions League humiliation at Bayern Munich by beating Tottenham - but admits the growing injury crisis is a concern.

The Gunners were thumped 5-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to leave hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages slim.

Although centre-half Laurent Koscielny is expected to be available for tomorrow's north London derby following a hip problem and goalkeeper David Ospina could also be in the squad after shoulder trouble, Wenger confirmed right-back Hector Bellerin would not be featuring because of a groin injury.

Captain Mikel Arteta faces a late fitness test on his ankle, but forward Theo Walcott, midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and forward Danny Welbeck all continue their rehabilitation.

"I am very concerned because we are only in November and we have so many players out ahead of the Christmas period," said Wenger.

"At the moment we have too many players out."

Wenger, though, believes the side he will be able to select tomorrow can continue the form which has seen Arsenal move level on points with leaders Manchester City in the Premier League standings following five successive victories.

"It was a disappointing result on Wednesday, but before that we did extremely well in the Premier League so we will try to continue," Wenger said.

"We have a strong confidence and focus and that is what we want to reproduce on Sunday against Tottenham."

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