Gunners down to bare bones at the back.
Arsenal could be set to field a highly makeshift defence for their Premier League game against Burnley this weekend after Arsene Wenger admitted that left-back Kieran Gibbs is a doubt for the game, the Daily Mirror reports.
The England international damaged his hip in last weekend’s win away to Sunderland, joining Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny on the sidelines as the club’s back four is dealt another major blow.
There are no further additions to a long injury list, while key midfielder Jack Wilshere is also set to return from suspension in a small boost for the Gunners as they look to build on last weekend’s win.
Still, the absence of Gibbs could mean another star for Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin, who has made a few unexpected appearances in the first-team this season as a host of big names have been out of key fixtures.
Bellerin would likely play at right-back, meaning Calum Chambers can move centrally to fill in for the absent Koscielny alongside Per Mertesacker, moving Nacho Monreal back to his favoured left-sided position to replace Gibbs after a few unsuccessful games in the middle for Wenger’s side.
On the state of his squad, Wenger said: “There are a few uncertainties, like Kieran Gibbs. Apart from that, everyone should be available.
“Wilshere is back from suspension. Gibbs is a hip problem. He is a doubt but we’ll know more tomorrow.”