No sign of Monreal or Gibbs in training as Arsenal face left-back crisis

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Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs were both absent from first-team training today - but Mesut Ozil is back in action.

Arsenal take on Stoke City this weekend and will be hopeful of following up there incredible performance against Sunderland last weekend with a solid performance at The Britannia Stadium, 

However, they do have some injury worries.

While they seem to have almost a full complement in most areas of the team - the left-back position is a genuine worry ahead of the tie.

Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs are both said to be carrying knocks - and are considered major doubts for the game.

Arsene Wenger said of the pair in yesterday’s press conference:

“We have uncertainties about Monreal who had to come off last week with a foot injury, and about Gibbs. Vermaelen is back in the squad …If needed Thomas can play there, it's not his preferred position and he has been out for a long time now but we'll see. I still have 48 hours to make a decision.”

The other option other than to play Vermaelen out wide is to play one of the right-backs in the opposite position - with Carl Jenkinson or Bacary Sagna options.

And although they are reportedly not 100% out of the game - it certainly looked that way at training today.

Arsenal have released pictures of today’s training session - and while Vermaelen was spotted there was no sign of Monreal or Gibbs.

It seems then that they may have lost their battle with fitness ahead of tomorrow’s game - and that Vermaelen may be called in their place.

However, there was positive news - as this refreshed star got stuck back into action…

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