Arsenal have been rocked by some dire injury news which could potentially upset their already very small chances against Bayern in the Champions League.
Arsenal don’t go into the second leg of their tie against Bayern as even remote favourites but would have been quietly confident of their chances given their performance in similar conditions last year, but news concerning two of their players is sure to darken the mood around the camp.
Arsene Wenger ruled out Gibbs from the clash sighting an ankle issue picked up against Everton in the FA Cup quarter finals. The squad is already without Nacho Monreal and this injury leaves the squad without any recognized left backs to face, possibly, the best team in the world.
There are several players who have done a job at left back in recent years and among them are Thomas Vermaelen, Mathieu Flamini and Bacary Sagna. Though all these players have put a decent shift when asked, it has to be noted that playing either of these options severely hinders Arsenal in other positions.
Flamini is probably the best among them but playing him as left back leaves the midfield a bit shallow. If Sagna plays, it would mean the inclusion of Carl Jenkinson who might not be the best candidate to play against Bayern, leaving Vermaelen who is just back from injury and looked shorn of confidence at times against Everton.
The manager has an important decision to make. Speaking to the Arsenal website he said:
“We have lost Kieran Gibbs from the squad on Saturday with an ankle problem. Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad, so the only change in the squad is Koscielny for Gibbs.”
“Gibbs has a chance for Sunday.”
The newspapers on Monday also ran a story claiming that Yaya Sanogo is injured and will be missing from action although there has been no official word from the club. It probably won’t affect the team selection as much, as Giroud was rested against Everton.
Sanogo’s injury will probably allow Bendtner to be on the bench.