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Gibbs could be out for six weeks

Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal with Physio Colin Lewin
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs grimaces in pain after injuring his thigh against Liverpool.
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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs could be out for up to six weeks, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

The 23-year-old left-back picked up a thigh strain during the first half of Wednesday's 2-2 fightback draw against Liverpool and was initially ruled out for three weeks.

But he now faces twice as long on the sidelines and is set to miss both Champions League last-16 ties against Bayern Munich.

"It will be four to six weeks (out)," Wenger told reporters on Friday. "I believe Gibbs will be out for the Champions League."

Andre Santos, whose recent performances have come in for criticism from supporters, will have to fill the left-back role against the Germans because new signing Nacho Monreal has already featured in the competition for Malaga.

"I (cannot) play Monreal," Wenger added. "Santos could have a key role."

Monreal, an £8.5m capture, will at least bolster Wenger's squad for Saturday's visit of Stoke.

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