Gershon vows to get better
Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski for
Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second-leg clash at Bayern
Wilshere and Podolski have ankle injuries but left-back Kieran
Gibbs is available again after his thigh problem and midfielder
Abou Diaby (calf) has travelled along with Russian Andrey
Defender Nacho Monreal is ineligible for Europe while full-back
Bacary Sagna (knee) remains out.
Bayern forward Franck Ribery will miss the game at the Allianz
Arena, while midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Jerome
Boateng are both suspended.
Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben, meanwhile, was not involved
at the weekend against Fortunate Dusseldorf because of a calf
Bayern, though, have the likes of Brazilian Luiz Gustavo and
Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri ready to come in as Jupp
Heynckes’ side look to protect a 3-1 advantage from the first
The Israeli defender arrived at Celtic in January on loan from
Standard Liege but has only made two appearances, both in the
Gershon scored on his debut in a 3-1 victory over Inverness but
a thigh injury hit him before he returned to the line-up in a
three-man Celtic defence against Ross County on Saturday.
The 24-year-old was replaced by Kris Commons on 65 minutes with
the scores level before County took control and secured a late 3-2
Celtic manager Neil Lennon admitted his side looked “ragged” at
the back at times on Saturday and Gershon is looking to get on top
of his game.
“I’ve had a bit of bad luck as since I came as I’ve had two
small injuries that took me two weeks to recover from, so this put
me on the back foot,” Gershon told the Celtic View.
“But now I’m starting to get fit. The most important thing for
me is to stay fit as the two games I’ve played is very far from
what I can do in terms of my skills. But I’m sure I can come back
to the level I know I’m capable of.
“I feel good. I need more confidence that comes with playing
more minutes and then I am sure I can come back to the Rami I
“I can give you a lot of excuses now – a new country, a
different style of football and injuries – but no-one cares about
“I have to take my chances and be good all the time. This is how
I think. And this is the goal I have in my head now.”