Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has good news ahead of the derby match against Tottenham Hotspur, as it seems that he won’t have to improvise a back line after all even though it seemed that way until a few days ago.
Koscielny’s injury against AC Milan and Gibbs’ fragility were worrying for the Frenchman who thought he’d be back in the situation where he would have to use several defenders out of their natural positions.
The good news is that Koscielny is in for a fitness test but his injury is progressing excellently and it seems that his knee will be fit for action before the Spurs match. Gibbs will also have to undertake a fitness test ahead of the match but it also seems that everything will be okay with him too.
Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh seems set to miss the derby as coach Banfield confirmed after seeing him go off with the same toe problem in the reserve game against Norwich.
‘Marouane had a bad toe coming into this one but to be fair to him he wanted to give this game a go. But he could only last for half an hour and he had to come off,’
Wenger seems to have a full back line of four with Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen and Gibbs ready for the Spurs match. Now all he has to do is figure out whether to use Chamberlain up front or Arshavin who scored a brace against Norwich this week.