Arsene Wenger has admitted he’d hoped left back Kieran Gibbs would be back for tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa, but it’s little surprise to hear that the England international has suffered a complication in his rehab.
Gibbs hasn’t played since Arsenal’s 2-1 over Sunderland on October 16th during which he suffered a stomach muscle injury and the manager admits his absence is a blow.
“Kieran Gibbs has unfortunately had a setback and he is not back yet”, he told the official website. “It’s very disappointing because we had good hope that he would be back for tomorrow’s game, but he is not available.”
Wenger also confirmed that Johan Djourou could miss three weeks with a groin strain, and while there was some good news in that Bacary Sagna is now running after breaking his leg against Sp*rs, in the short term Arsenal have a something of an issue ahead of this busy Christmas schedule.
With Alex Song suspended, it would seem to us that Ignasi Miquel would be the obvious option at left back while Laurent Koscielny will play on the right hand side with Mertesacker and Vermaelen in the middle. One of the FrimCoq axis should replace Song in midfield.
The Arsenal manager will be hoping for no further defensive injuries as the team looks to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat against Man City.