Wenger officially confirms good news on centre-back

Arsenal defender Gabriel will be out for more than a month with defender can't even walk at this time but not as bad as feared


Arsenal face their first away fixture of the new Premier League season when they travel to face reigning champions Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

After defeat to Liverpool, Wenger has been asked questions about his transfer policies and injuries to their star players.

The Gunners lost Per Mertesacker to a knee injury before Gabriel sustained his own ankle problem in the final game of pre-season against Manchester City. With that they also lost Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi in their defeat to Liverpool.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of our trip to Leicester City this weekend, Wenger has confirmed Gabriel is facing between 6 to 8 weeks on the treatment table.

Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com

He is doing well, but it is six to eight weeks. He is in the boot, but it is very difficult to assess him because he cannot walk properly at the moment.

Gabriel was expected to play a key role for the club this season after Per Mertesacker was ruled out for four months but unfortunately the injury curse also took him.

The centre-back is still in a protective boot and the boss says it’s difficult to assess his injury properly as he’s still unable to walk properly. The press-conference came with some good new too.

The good news is that Laurent Koscielny is expected to return to the squad for Saturday’s trip to the King Power so our defence will get a much-needed boost against Leicester. Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud should return to the squad too.

The Gunners boss has also confirmed that new signing Rob Holding is likely to be dropped. We’ll see Chambers partnering Koscielny in the middle with Bellerin and Monreal on the right and left side of the defense respectively.

We won the match 5-2 last season. Can we beat Leicester once again ? Only time will tell.

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