Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told the press after his side’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland that left-back Kieran Gibbs suffered a hip injury.
The England international has been in terrific form for the Gunners this season and recently scored his first goal of the campaign with a volleyed equaliser in the 2-1 Champions League win over Anderlecht.
He has long cemented his place at left-back ahead of Spaniard Nacho Monreal and his injury is likely to cause yet more concern for boss Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman has had to shuffle his backline around in recent weeks due to the increasing number of injuries, including handing a Premier League start to former Barcelona youth product Hector Bellerin.
Gibbs was replaced by Bellerin midway through the second half after failing to overcome what appeared to be a knock on the hip, prompting Wenger to say, according to Sky Sports: “It looks to be a hip problem but for everybody who is very concerned about a shortness at the back I felt that Monreal and Mertesacker had a fantastic game. Of course we have many players injured at the back but I think overall we have done very well.”
Arsenal’s victory over Sunderland leaves the fifth in the Premier League table on 14 points, two behind West Ham United in fourth and eight points behind league leaders Chelsea.
It was only their second clean sheet of the season, and it is one Wenger can take huge satisfaction from given the task of lining up with a makeshift back four.