You couldn’t make it up. Arsenal have been struggling with injuries since the start of the season and it never seems to get any better. The absence of Kieran Gibbs who was injured against West Ham, had a very detrimental effect on the Arsenal defence, just as the Gunners were putting a good run together, and the nervousness spread throughout the team. So it was great to see him back against Aston Villa and, with Sagna finally back, we had a strong defence again.
Arsene Wenger was obviously concerned about pushing Gibbs back in too soon so left him on the bench against Everton last night. I don’t blame him, because he is key to Arsenal this season, but the plan lasted less than 10 minutes. Laurent Koscielny is now on the sidelines for the second time this season, and the French defender will be as gutted as anyone. He had fought his way back into the team after his first injury and was looking at a good run of games, but will now be out until around Christmas.
The 27-year old limped out of the action and it has been confirmed as a groin strain, leaving Arsenal on the bare bones again. If there are any more problems before he returns, Arsenal face the prospect of Djourou or Santos being called upon.