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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