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Wenger reveals Kieran Gibbs could be out for up to six weeks

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Kieran Gibbs could face up to six weeks out due to injury.

The 23-year-old was forced off the field in the first half of Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool after suffering a thigh strain.

And Wenger has confirmed that the injury will necessitate a long-term lay-off, telling reporters: "It will be four to six weeks [out].

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"I believe Gibbs will be out for the Champions League. I [cannot] play Monreal. Santos could have a key role."

The 63-year-old has also defended back-up left-back Andre Santos, who has come in for criticism during a recent poor run of form.

Wenger added: "Santos is the type of player who gets sharper from competition. Yes [some criticism he gets is unfair].

"I believe we need two left backs. We had two before, we have two again now because Gibbs is out."

The Frenchman went on to explain that Nacho Monreal, who completed a move from Malaga on transfer deadline day, could be set for a debut at the weekend.

"Monreal is available for the weekend game. Yes [he can improve our defence] but we want him to take part in our collective play," he said.

"He can play as a left winger too and he can adapt very quickly."