Arsene Wenger has a headache ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich later this month.
The Frenchman’s first-choice left back, Kieran Gibbs, is out of action for six weeks.
23-year-old England international Gibbs damaged his thigh muscle playing for the Gunners in their hard-fought 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Wenger told a press conference of Gibbs’ misfortune on Friday morning.
In the Premier League, the injury to Gibbs is not such a severe problem, considering that left back Nacho Monreal was signed from Malaga on transfer deadline day.
However, the Spanish international is cup-tied in Europe, having played for Malaga during the group stage of the Champions League.
That means Wenger will have to turn to Brazilian defender Andre Santos for Arsenal’s last-16 clash with runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern.
The Bavarian giants have looked especially ruthless at times in Europe this season, whereas Santos has seemed to be an accident waiting to happen on numerous occasions during the current campaign.
Wenger and the Gunners faithful will surely be hoping Santos manages to avoid his now customary brain freeze long enough to see Gibbs back at full fitness.
But you can bet that with the name Santos on the team-sheet, Bayern will sense a chink in Arsenal’s armour come Champions League time.