Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will learn the true extent of Kieran Gibbs’s injury tomorrow, and then make a decision over whether the left-back playing this weekend is a feasible idea.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official club website the Frenchman confirmed that his full-back picked up a hip problem during the 2-0 victory over Sunderland, and remains a doubt for the upcoming fixture against Premier League strugglers Burnley.
Arsenal v Burnley
As things stand the Gunners look set to record a comfortable win against Sean Dyche’s side, who have yet to notch three points from a game since their return to English football’s top flight.
However, with Gibbs the latest to fall foul of injury - Wenger has already had to deal with more issues than he would have liked - Burnley could be boosted.
"It is a hip problem. He [Gibbs] came off at Sunderland with 20 minutes to go. He is a doubt, but we'll know more tomorrow."
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Currently Arsenal sit fifth in the Premier League table but, despite an indifferent start, are keeping pace with their closest rivals. Nine points separate them from league leaders Chelsea, but recent victories against the likes of Sunderland and Anderlecht in the Champions League have the squad in high spirits.
Their opponents can boast no such record, with the division proving too tough for them thus far. Though they’ve rarely been completely swept aside the Turfmoor outfit are rooted to the bottom of the table, having drawn four and lost five.
This Saturday’s fixture, against an Arsenal side who are difficult to beat at the Emirates Stadium, promises to follow in a similar suit, although news over Wenger’s potential selection headache will be a welcoming boost.
Gibbs may not be a key player for the Gunners in a conventional sense, but he’s experienced and provides a far more well-rounded option at left-back than Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard has looked uncomfortable when tasked with filling Gibbs’s void, and Wenger will certainly be hoping that his first-choice is fit and ready.
In other team news it’s been made apparent that Arsenal are to be boosted by the return of Jack Wilshere, who has now completed his suspension and is ready for selection. The young playmaker has been integral to his side’s fortunes of late, and has the ability to be an extremely creative asset.
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