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Arsenal’s Petr Cech out of North London Derby through injury

Arsenal v Swansea City - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Petr Cech of Arsenal clears the ball from Bafetimbi Gomis of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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This is what you call a double whammy.

Not only did Arsenal lose 2-1 to relegation battlers Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to put a severe dent in their title hopes, but they also lost their star goalkeeper.

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Petr Cech, 33, went up for a corner kick in the dying stages of Arsenal’s defeat and appeared to injure his groin as he ran up the field.

The Czech Republic international -- who has been influential for the Gunners since joining from Chelsea in the summer -- will miss Saturday’s trip to White Hart Lane to face local rivals and fellow title contenders Tottenham Hotspur.

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Arsene Wenger confirmed the news following Arsenal’s third-straight defeat in all competitions and second loss in four days in the Premier League.

Arsenal is now six points behind PL leaders Leicester City with 10 games to play.

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