Thomas Vermaelen is set to play as a centre-back again.

The news comes in the wake of Per Mertesacker’s serious ankle injury which coud keep him out for much of the rest of the season.

Vermaelen had already been filling another void left by injury as he deputized at left-back in the absence of Andre Santos and Kierran Gibbs.

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Gibbs though, has now returned to fitness and Wenger is ready to deploy the English man back in the starting line-up.

“To be a player is to come in and show how good you are when you get your chance,” said the manager.” Wenger said

“I believe physically and mentally he is ready. But if I start him, which is not decided yet, I do not want to put too much pressure on him because we want a good team performance. Gibbs is a good player.”

The fit-again fullback could still fail to start tommorow’s Champions Legaue match at the San Siro as Wenger is also considering a call-up for Francis Coqulein in that deparment.

But one man who will almost certainly not be utilised as a left-back is Thomas Vermalen who had even complained about his make-shift role earlier this week.

With Laurent Koscielny’s conistent partner Per Mertesacker sidelined, and the menace of Zlatan ibrahimovic to deal with, moving Thomas Vermaelen to centre-back is imperative at the San Siro.

“I will find the most natural [solution], which means I will put Vermaelen back in the middle. Gibbs looks to be ready so I might look to start him but I have not decided completely yet.” Wenger said

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