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Wenger: No defensive shortage

MONREAL-OUTLONDON, September 16-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that his side are not facing a defensive crisis following the ankle injury suffered by Mathieu Debuchy on Saturday.

The Gunners head into Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund without the services of full-backs Debuchy and Nacho Monreal, while Calum Chambers is struggling with a bout of tonsilitis.

While Kieran Gibbs provides good cover for Monreal, Arsenal look a touch light on the right, where 19-year-old Hector Bellerin may be deployed, with the Spaniard having played just 26 minutes of competitive first-team football for the club.

Despite this, Wenger believes that there is no reason to panic.

“I don’t feel we are stretched. The Debuchy [ankle] injury put us in a position where we do not want more and hopefully we have good news after the scan that he can be back soon,” said the Frenchman.

“We have Chambers who can play in different positions, Monreal who can play centre-back and Hector Bellerin, who I think now is ready to play.”

“He’s a boy with personality who isn’t fazed by the pressure,” Wenger added of Bellerin.

“That’s a very important quality when you’re a young boy playing at a big club. His transition game is fantastic. He’s very quick and his final ball is good as well.

“He lacks a bit of experience as a defender, but he’s very dangerous going forward.”

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  1. Emmanusduka

    October 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Ulisema hauogopi uchaguzi. Mbona mbio kwenda kotini. Wananchi tunangoja kukuadhibu. huna nidhamu na adhabu.


    October 25, 2011 at 10:27 am


  3. Mazzdark

    October 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Watu waMadaraka wametupa mbao

  4. Geemenyi

    October 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I pity sonko for the loss he’s about to safer. asie sikia lamkuu huvunjika guu. George kaimenyi, LANGATA.

  5. Mgwana

    October 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    woi woi wooooi

  6. Bwoma2001

    October 26, 2011 at 12:14 am

    those eying for the seat don’t need to be told that the seat is already vacant. this is an inside agreement to kick sonko out. he is too much kijana.

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