Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Kieran Gibbs could face up to six weeks out due to injury.
The 23-year-old picked up a thigh strain during Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against liverpool at the Emirates and could miss up to six weeks out, including both Champions League ties against Bayern Munich.Gibbs’ injury means the Gunners boss will have to play Andre Santos for the pivotal games against the German giants as new signing Nacho Monreal is ineligible to play in the Champions League this season, having already done so with Malaga.
When asked about his england defender, Wenger told reporters: “It will be four to six weeks [out].
“I believe Gibbs will be out for the Champions League. I [cannot] play Monreal. Santos could have a key role.“
The 63-year-old has also defended his Brazilian full-back, claiming some of the criticism he’s been getting is unfair and revealed new signing Nacho Monreal could make his debut against Stoke on Saturday.
Wenger added: “Santos is the type of player who gets sharper from competition. Yes [some criticism he gets is unfair].
“I believe we need two left backs. We had two before, we have two again now because Gibbs is out.”
“Monreal is available for the weekend game. Yes [he can improve our defence] but we want him to take part in our collective play.
“He can play as a left winger too and he can adapt very quickly.”