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Wenger To Make Late Dash For Left-Back After Gibbs Ruled Out With Thigh Strain

By on January 31, 2013

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, are Arsenal going to buy a new left back?

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Transfer deadline day is finally here and while I’m preparing myself for disappointment once again, the boss has hinted he’ll try to bring in cover for Kieran Gibbs after the left-back was ruled out for 3 weeks with a thigh strain.

I’m sure i wasn’t the only one with my head in my hands when Gibbsy went down clutching his thigh on Wednesday night. He’s possibly become our most important player due to the lack of alternatives as Santos is an accident waiting to happen and should be nowhere near the first team at present.

The bad news is that Arsene Wenger confirmed after the game that Gibbs has a thigh strain and will be out for 3 weeks, which in ‘Arsenal time’ usually means we won’t see him for at least 5 or 6 weeks.

The good news is that the boss has hinted he’ll see if he can bring in cover before the window slams shut at 11pm tonight. When asked about Gibbsy’s injury and signing a left-back, Arsene is quoted by the Mirror as saying last night:

“I’ll see what I can do. It is a thigh strain and that rules him out for the next three weeks.

“Of course it is a big blow because Gibbs was a big player for us going forward and in the game we want to play it is a shame he is out for three weeks.”

I think after watching the game last night it’s clear that defensive reinforcements should be the priority today. Don’t get me wrong, we still need to sign another striker, but the defence is what’s costing us points at the minute and things are only going to get worse now that Gibbs has picked up an injury.

Santos just isn’t an option. If we don’t bring in somebody who is ready to hit the ground running, we have to move Vermaelen across to left back and play Mertesacker and Koscielny in the middle. But lets see if Arsene can spring a surprise today. Not long left….

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8 Comments

  1. Tajudeen Kehinde Olaitan

    January 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

    good game by giroud,wilshere,santi,walcott yesterday nite but giroud misses good chance and he was denied by reina.but the big blow is that gibbs is out for three weeks ,santos can’t replace him at the moment.please wenger try to sign diame,villa

  2. Agamex04

    January 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Arsenal shuld go 4 a left back like taye taiwo or surprisingly bid 4 evra nd he shuld bring in villa at once…

  3. Steve.

    January 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

    The thing Arsenal need more than aything else is a new manager,a guy who knows what he’s doing, “NOT LIKE THE
    PLONKER WE HAVE NOW.” Up the gunners out
    with WENGER.

  4. Flo

    January 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Oh no y gibbs santos cannot replace him and he is the only defender who is consistance!

  5. Young Cisca

    January 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I no it from day1 that He is not going 2buy any player, seriously i think Mr Wenger needs prayer so that he can wake up from his sleep, before he falls down from the Bed of his. You perfectly no well enough and you see that we luck a DM, a LB, nd a Golie as back up 4 the Team, then you there talking rubbish, you not making sense, Mr!

  6. skins

    January 31, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Deserately need a dm first. Then a keeper, then cover for Gibbs, after that a striker. Will it happen NO.

  7. freshmayor

    January 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Here he comes again stingy man. He would never buy when the needs arises.its late now,is panicking

  8. Musa tanko

    January 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Plz mr wenger,we nid backup 4 gibbs…….cos santos is nothin bt a fload

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