We may all be very happy to see Andre Santos depart for Brazil, but Arsenal may be in dire need of some more numbers at the back very shortly. At least Nacho Monreal has settled in very quickly and will certainly be an improvement on the wayward Brazilian, but he will not be available to play in our Champions League games against Bayern Munich.
The latest setback to be reported this morning is that Thomas Vermaelen’s ankle injury is worse than first thought and he has now had to have an injection to try and reduce the swelling more quickly and try and put off the need for an operation until the end of the season. Even so he We may now be unavailable for at least another couple of weeks before being risked.
Laurent Koscielny was dropped at the last minute this weekend as he hadn’t recovered enough from his calf problem to play, but we must be very hopeful he will be fully fit to face Bayern, while Jenkinson’s ban for his sending off last week won’t affect his ability to play against the German giants.
Kieran Gibbs is an even bigger worry, as Arsene Wenger has quickly re-estimated his recovery time from 2-3 weeks to make it 5-6 weeks. And we know how that story normally goes with young Gibbsy….
The good news is that Bacary Sagna found his form spectacularly this weekend when moved to the centre-back position, but another possible option for the right-back slot, Francis Coquelin, still has a niggling hamstring injury although Wenger hopes he will return to training soon.
Hopefully Wenger will give us all a more detailed update on our defensive injuries this coming weekend, but right now he must be worrying about the back-four line up for next week…..