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Gibbs and Gallas blows for Gunners
Published : 24 Nov 2009 22:53:32
Gibbs, with a fractured metatarsal, and Gallas both hobbled out of Tuesday night's 2-0 Champions League win over Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners responded from their lacklustre defeat to Sunderland with a comfortable victory which secured safe passage into the last 16 at the top of Group H ahead of the final match in Olympiacos after first-half goals from Samir Nasri and Denilson. However, it came at a cost as centre-back Gallas went off at the break with a combination of an ankle problem and a lump above his eye following a clash of heads with Andrey Arshavin, which also left the Russian needing staples to close a bloody gash. Gibbs, meanwhile, limped out during the closing stages following a hefty challenge from Eliaquim Mangala. The England Under-21 full-back had only just returned to fitness from a injury to his right foot suffered while away on international duty, and Arsenal confirmed Gibbs had suffered a fracture to the first metatarsal on his left foot, and would undergo surgery on Wednesday which is set to rule him out for at least two months. "Gallas has an ankle problem and a swollen eye. I think he will recover from the eye, and from the ankle we hope so [in time for Chelsea]," said Wenger, speaking immediately after the match. "Gibbs is much more serious. "It was a very bad challenge, and it was not the player's first try. "We have to X-ray him and I think he has gone to hospital to check because he has a big hole in his leg. "He doesn't look too good, and that is unfortunate."