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Gibbs compounds Arsenal's defensive troubles

Updated: December 23, 2011, 08:13


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on before their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

LONDON(AP) Arsenal's defensive troubles have deepened after Kieran Gibbs was ruled out for another month following surgery on his left groin.

The England left back has been out of action since October after having surgery to remove a hernia, but it had been hoped he would be back this week.

Defenders Johan Djourou, Andre Santos, Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna are already out for the Gunners.

Those injuries have forced manager Arsene Wenger to field center backs Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny at fullback.

Looking ahead to the January transfer window, Wenger says he will sign a fullback "if there is a good opportunity.''

Arsenal is fifth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leader Manchester City.

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