Arsenal could be handed an instant injury boost ahead of their New Year’s Day clash against Crystal Palace with Kieran Gibbs set to return despite limping off during the Gunners’ 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
The Mirror reports that the English defender, who came off following a knee collision with Baggies midfielder Claudio Yacob, could be fit for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s side as it is thought to be just a minor knock. Gibbs displaced regular starter Nacho Monreal to make the first XI for the Boxing Day fixture, and will be ho
Wenger confirmed after the win over Tony Pulis’ side that the left-back had suffered a kick to the knee, but was unable to provide information on the true extent of the injury. Monreal is the manager’s only other option in the left full-back position and will be hoping the Englishman makes a quick return.
The 27-year-old has struggled for regular game time in the last two seasons with Monreal the manager’s preferred choice. Gibbs was making only his second start of the season in the Premier League and regular game time will be important for the England international going forward in his career.
ping that he can retain his place, if he proves his fitness ahead of Arsenal’s next game on 1 January.