Wenger classes Gibbs as ‘long term’ in pre-Spurs injury update


Rather worryingly, Arsene Wenger has chucked Kieran Gibbs into the same category as Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby when providing his latest team update.

Ahead of this weekend’s crucial North London derby, the boss said, “Of course we have long-term injuries like Rosicky, Diaby and Gibbs who are not back at the moment. All the others have little knocks and those decisions will be made on Friday.”

Whether he means Gibbs has already been out ‘long-term’ since picking up a thigh injury against West Ham is unclear but hopefully that’s the case and it’s not anything more serious.

That will most likely mean Thomas Vermaelen continuing in that particular role. However, there was good news regarding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wojciech Szczesny, while Theo Walcott, who missed England’s midweek defeat to Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well be fit enough to take part.

There was also a hint that newly capped Carl Jenkinson might come in at right with Wenger saying of Bacary Sagna facing a Friday test, “It is just for general fatigue. He’s played three games quickly but before that he didn’t play for six months.”

No doubt we’ll get more from the boss’s press conference tomorrow.

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