Kieran Gibbs is reportedly set to return to the Gunners first team squad for the first time in four months after undergoing two hernia operations, with the Englishman hoping his dreaded injury curse is behind him.
The 22-year-old English fullback now looks set to be included in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Sunderland which will be a welcome boost for Wenger with the Gunners set to undergo a tough week which involves two trips to the Stadium of Light and one overseas venture to Italy to face AC Milan in midweek.
Gibb’s last match came against Sunderland on October 16, and with Andre Santos suffering a long term injury not long after Gibb’s layoff, Arsenal’s strongest centreback Thomas Vermaelen was forced to shift across to left-back.
Wenger will have a first-choice backline to choose for the first time in months which can only be a positive thing, and with Johan Djourou returning to full fitness the French manager has a chance to rotate over the hectic week ahead.
This is extremely positive news for the young Gibbs whose promising career has been continually dogged by injury, but hopefully this can be chance to turn his luck around and string a series of matches together like captain Van Persie did last year.
It seems that Arsenal’s injury woes are almost over (touch wood) for the time being, with Djourou returning and Marouane Chamakh available for selection after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations prematurely, and semi-final winner Gervinho is not far behind with Ivory Coast involved in the ANC final. The coming weeks can only be positive for the Gunners with a strong, fit squad.