Arsenal latest: Left-back concerns; Arsene says 'why not?' to Campbell Emirates future

Kieran Gibbs

All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

There is concern over who will play at left-back for Arsenal this weekend.

Arsene Wenger confirmed earlier in the day that both first-choice left-back’s, Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, were doubts for the game against Stoke City:

“We have uncertainties about Monreal who had to come off last week with a foot injury, and about Gibbs.”

The good news is that Thomas Vermaelen is back and is capable of playing in the left-back role. However, seeing as he has only recently returned to action, Bacary Sagna or Carl Jenkinson would likely cover.

Arsene Wenger has also been singing the praises of Joel Campbell - after the loaned out Costa Rican ripped Manchester United apart in the Champions League this week.

Currently at Olympiakos, Wenger said of him becoming an Arsenal regular in the future:

“I will decide that later. Why not? We bought him to bring him here. He was good, convincing going forward. He looks like he has adapted a bit better to the physical side of the European game.”

Mikel Arteta believes the club’s strong and deep midfield gives them the edge in the Premier League title run-in. Arsenal are in a seemingly four-way battle for the title with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City for the title - and he said of their strength in midfield depth:

"It helps the team because we can rotate players and we can play differently. We can play with two [in midfield] and it gives us another option.”

Wenger has also defended his decision to let the players have a two day break this week.

Several of the players took the opportunity to go abroad - and Wenger fielded questions on the subject today:

"I don't see why that suddenly is a problem. Many clubs have two days off sometimes. We've played since the beginning of December so we don't have to justify here why we have two days off.”

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