Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of the North London derby this weekend, with the Chilean yet to recover from his hamstring injury.
Tottenham fans immediately took to Twitter to celebrate the news, labeling us a one man team and acting as though they had already won.
— Zeus #COYS (@superspurs34) February 5, 2015
— Tom Hill (@TomIanHill) February 5, 2015
No Sanchez for the scum this weekend! Brilliant news for Spurs. A real confidence booster before we have even kicked off #COYS
— Daniel Woodley (@dwoodley1990) February 5, 2015
Clearly they weren’t watching our dominant win over Aston Villa this past weekend, in which five different goalscorers contributed to our 5-0 victory; Alexis Sanchez watching on from the sidelines.
Arsenal fans responded with tweets of their own, and the general consensus appears to be that we have more than enough quality to beat the Spuds with or without our sensational summer signing.
— Hannah (@GREENeyedGUNNER) February 5, 2015
Just remember we won 5-0 on Sunday without Sanchez! #COYG
— Afc Tom (@TomSanchezKing) February 5, 2015
— Josh Field (@Joshfield69) February 5, 2015
We will still beat Tottenham Hotspur without Alexis Sanchez. We have Walcott, Ozil, Rosicky, Cazorla, Giroud & Welbeck COYG #FOYS
— Arsenal News (@__arsenal_news_) February 5, 2015
So Alexis wont play the derby. But honestly, do u really think we need Alexis to beat Spuds.
Spurs fans busy burning their houses now with indoor fireworks after Sanchez' news. Remember THAT Rosicky goal? pic.twitter.com/Igrx6u6RiM
— Wembley Is Calling! (@bryoshavin) February 5, 2015
The former Barcelona man has undeniably been excellent since securing his move to the Emirates last summer, and at the start of the season when we weren’t playing our best he dug us out of more than a few holes.
A number of players have stepped up since then however, matching, and arguably even surpassing the 26-year-old with some superb performances.
The match at White Hart Lane will surely be a tough one, but in our current vein of form we should fear no one.