Arsenal's bid for the UEFA Champions League quarter finals have taken a minor blow after manager Arsene Wenger revealed that left back Kieran Gibbs will spend four to six weeks on the sideline.
According to the Arsenal website, Gibbs suffered a thigh strain during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Liverpool during the week. Initially, it was thought that Gibbs would only be out for three weeks, however upon analysis, it was revealed to be a more serious strain.
Along with a span of league matches, the 23-year-old is expected to miss Arsenal's opening Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.
Following the departure of Gael Clichy last season, Gibbs has slowly matured into an effective starting left back. Debuts for the English National side are testament to his good form thus far this season.
Goal.com reports that Arsene Wenger—although unhappy over the injury—has already looked to replacements for Gibbs in the next month or so saying:
It will be four to six weeks [out].
I believe Gibbs will be out for the Champions League. I [cannot] play Monreal. Santos could have a key role.
Santos is the type of player who gets sharper from competition.
Considering that Arsenal signed Malaga left-back Monreal on deadline day, one should expect Arsenal's league performances to not be affected too much.
The issue here, however, is that Monreal has already appeared for Malaga in this year's installment of the Champions League. As such, he is cup-tied and unable to play.
Bayern Munich's duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery will surely prove lethal down the flanks if Gibbs in unable to return in time.