Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger didn’t have good news ahead of the Aston Villa match as it seems that full-back Kieran Gibbs will be unavailable for a bit longer even though he was previously expected to come back before the weekend.
“Kieran Gibbs has unfortunately had a setback and he is not back yet,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“It’s very disappointing because we had good hope that he would be back for tomorrow’s game, but he is not available.”
“Ryo is joining in normal training on Friday, so he is completely back from injury,” said Wenger.
“Fabianski has practised today (Tuesday) and should be available for next week.”
Ryo and Fabianski were not part of Wenger’s plan, but Gibbs’ absence will surely prove problematic again for Wenger who will have to play with 4 centre-backs again and this time he can’t even count on Djourou to play.
The manager is likely to use Mikel or Squillaci on the left side of the defence and Koscielny on the right, but if he won’t make any transfers in January for the full-back position Arsenal will have a very tough road ahead.