Gibbs compounds Arsenal’s defensive troubles

Arsenal’s defensive troubles have deepened after Kieran Gibbs

was ruled out for another month following surgery on his left

groin.

The England left back has been out of action since October after

having surgery to remove a hernia, but it had been hoped he would

be back this week.

Defenders Johan Djourou, Andre Santos, Carl Jenkinson and Bacary

Sagna are already out for the Gunners.

Those injuries have forced manager Arsene Wenger to field center

backs Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny at fullback.

Looking ahead to the January transfer window, Wenger says he

will sign a fullback ”if there is a good opportunity.”

Arsenal is fifth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leader

Manchester City.