Arsenal will have to do without first choice left bac, Kieran Gibbs as they prepare to face off this Sunday against Hull City at the KC stadium.
The 24-year old defender has had his fare share of injuries recently, frequenting the treatment room with an ankle injury which ruled out for several weeks. His latest injury would be a huge disappointment for Wenger whose left side of defence doesn’t inspire confidence without the three-time capped England international. Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal are two others who can play in this position but while Vermaelen has lost the energy to burst forward, Monreal however gets caught out of position when he ventures into attack leaving acres of space which the Gunners’ opponents often use in hurting his side.
Speaking ahead of the game, the willy Frenchman confirmed the Wimbledon academy product’s expected absence due to recurrence of injury.
“I think Gibbs will be out for the weekend. But Monreal is possibly available and Ozil could be available to travel as well,” confirmed Wenger.
Gibbs, who was recently sent off wrongly by referee Andre Mariner in Arsenal’s 6-0 London derby loss to Chelsea had picked up a hamstring problem as Arsenal crashed out of the Champions league at the hands of Bayern Munich but was thought to be close to a return for the game against The Tigers.
Coupled with the continued absence of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, Wenger has seen his wards stutter in recent weeks but the return of Mesut Ozil from injury and Matheu Flamini from suspension would provide some encouraging news as Arsenal seek three points which would move them closer to sealing fourth spot and Champions league football next season.