Arsène Wenger has revealed that injury prone Keiran Gibbs has undergone groin surgery and should be out for around a month. Meanwhile Djourou who was initially expected to be out for around three weeks may be ahead of schedule and could return for the Wolves match next week.
Bacary Sagna is also ahead of schedule and is expected to return at the end of January which will be a massive boost for the Gunners.
Wengee following team news ahead of the Wolves game:
Johan Djourou has a little chance to come back for the Wolves game. Apart from that nobody got injured the other night against Aston Villa but we had bad news yesterday for Kieran Gibbs, who had surgery on his left groin. He will be out for a month.
It was a blow but first what is important is that if he cannot play you have to make the decision that we had to make and arrange surgery for him. Hopefully it will only be one month because Santos will not come back before March.
You could see that he’s a bit ahead of schedule. We have to [be careful] but physically he will be ready very quickly because he worked very hard in the gym. We think the end of January is a reasonable target for him.
It is a massive boost for the Gunners that Sagna and Djourou are ahead of schedule in their recoveries, however it is a real shame that Gibbs has suffered yet another set back. Hopefully soon he will overcome his injury woes just like Van Persie has this year, and string some decent matches together.
The important question is whether Wenger will buy this winter. With Djourou available again shortly then his will likely make Wenger think twice about buying or even loaning another fullback. Personally I would like to see a decent leftback come in to provide some cover until Santos and Gibbs are fully fit. What are you thoughts? Comment below.