Arsenal"s Kieran Gibbs out for a month

Wenger no closer to defensive reinforcements despite surgery ruling Gibbs out for a month

Arsenal”s defensive crisis has deepened with the news that defender Kieran Gibbs has undergone surgery on his left groin and will be out for a month.

Gibbs has been out of action since October after having surgery to remove a hernia, but it had been hoped he would be back for this week”s game against Aston Villa.

Stuttering: Kieran Gibbs continues to be dogged by injuries at Arsenal

Stuttering: Kieran Gibbs continues to be dogged by injuries at Arsenal

The England full-back suffered a setback, however, and a specialist has ruled that the youngster will be out for a month.

“Kieran Gibbs has had surgery on his left groin and he will be out for a month,” manager Arsene Wenger said.

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

Those injuries have forced Wenger to field centre-backs Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny at full-back.

However when asked if he was close to signing a replacement for the wide areas, Wenger remained coy in the face of speculation linking him with Manchester City”s Wayne Bridge.

The Frenchman also revealed that Arseanl would not be rekindling their interest in Bolton”s Gary Cahill.