Injured left back Andre Santos has revealed that he has indeed twisted his ankle and will be set for three weeks on the sideline after the Olympiakos 3-1 loss. Meanwhile young Englishman Keiran Gibbs is set to return to action in around two weeks, meaning Thomas Vermealen looks set to start at left back for the next couple of weeks.
While many feel that Arsenal are in a defensive ‘crisis’ with injuries to all four of their natural left and right back’s, they still have plenty of cover and look likely to field all four of their top centre backs this weekend against Everton.
Santos told the Daily Express of his injury status:
I twisted my ankle in a silly move. The doctor thinks I’ll be out for three weeks.
Despite this latest injury, the backline does look extremely strong IF there are no further injuries. Djourou will highly likely get the nod to start on the right, Koscielny and Mertesacker in the middle with Vermaelen out wide left, not to bad at all. It will allow ‘The Verminator’ to push further up the field and get in more dangerous positions, so it may work to the Gunners advantage.
So this so called ‘injury crisis’ really isn’t that bad as first expected, and Arsenal have more than enough backup to cope with the persistent injuries for the meantime (touch wood).