Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has reportedly been given anti-inflammatory injection so as to boost his chances for a return in Arsenal’s Champion’s League clash against Bayern Munich on the 19th of February.
The Gunners have been short in the middle of defence with both Vermaelen and Koscielny absent through injury, while usual back-up Johan Djourou is out on loan.
Thankfully Arsenal have been boosted by the revelation in the Sunderland post-match interview that Frenchman Laurent Koscielny is days away from a return to the Arsenal squad, although it seems Vermaelen is another story with reports suggesting he could be out longer than a month.
After it was confirmed that Santos was to go out on loan, Kieran Gibbs is still out with injury and new-boy Nacho Monreal is cup-tied to Malaga, there is an obvious gaping hole at left-back when it comes to the Champions League.
The return of Vermaelen is obviously vital and if he is to return it is likely that he himself will play at left-back to face the massive task of containing Arjen Robben, while Sagna will be shifted out to his usual position on the right and Koscielny slotting in the center, despite the Frenchman having troubles with form.
Carl Jenkinson’s domestic red-card received at the weekend will have no influence in the Champions League so he will likely play a right-back and Sagna on the left if Vermaelen is ruled out for the clash, although the youngster seems rusty owing to his lack of minutes on the pitch.
The match will be a massive task for the Gunners. Bayern are arguably the best team behind Barcelona in the world right now and we will definitely need our best players available to improve our chances of an upset victory!