Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool came at a little cost with Wilshere and Gibbs both picking up knocks. The former took his before the match in training while the latter picked up his in the 2nd half of the match. With the knocks, both players are heavy doubts for the trip to Dortmund as they might not be fit in time to face last season’s finalists.
In the light of their absence, who takes their place in the team. Gibbs’ situation is a little bit straight forward. In his absence, it is expected that his understudy Spanish left back Nacho Monreal steps up the plate. Monreal might not play like Gibbs but I believe he can hold his own against Dortmund and repel whatever is thrown at him. Vermaelen is also another player that Arsenal can turn to but it would mean us not having a back-up centre-back on the bench in case of injury to any of the first choice centre-backs.
As for Wilshere, the team is a bit stretched owing to injuries to Flamini, Walcott, Podolski, Chamberlain and now Wilshere. His obvious replacement is Czech star Tomas Rosicky. The former Dortmund star could play on the right or left and also swap roles with Santi Cazorla while Arteta, Ramsey and Ozil make up the midfield trio.
The implication of the injuries to Gibbs and Wilshere is that Arsenal might not have attacking quality on the bench as we are left with only Vermaelen as the only experienced player on the bench. It would be good to have Gnabry back. The young German can come from the bench as an additional fire power later in the game. His pace, trickery and direct style would cause Dortmund’s full backs some problems.