Kieran Gibbs injury not as bad as first feared

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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs is set to ease Arsene Wenger's defensive injury crisis by recovering from the pelvic injury sustained against Sunderland in time to face Burnley on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

The Gunners medical team are still assessing the problem picked up by the £60,000-a-week left-back in the closing stages of the 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light at the weekend, but Gibbs is not expected to be out for long.

Wenger's squad is already stretched ahead of the upcoming clash at the Emirates with Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny both sidelined, meaning Nacho Monreal is currently being used as a makeshift centre-back.

Summer signing Calum Chambers has also played significantly more football than perhaps he would've initially expected following his £16m move from Southampton.

With options limited, Arsenal will be sweating on the fitness of Gibbs, but the early signs remain positive that he'll return this weekend.

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Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has been named on the FIFA shortlist for the Golden Boy award, an individual accolade for players under the age of 21 from right across Europe's top-flight leagues. (The Express)

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Arsenal have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of PSV Eindhoven starlet Zakaria Bakkali, after the 18-year-old refused to sign a new contract with the Eredivisie club. (The Express)

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