will be seeing out the business end of the season by the time you see Kieran Gibbs in action again.

The Gunners’ extreme woes of November took an even bigger toll on Friday morning as medical assessment’s reported the 20-year-old had broken a metatarsal in his foot.

Gibbs benefited from Armand Traore’s loan spell at Portsmouth last season to claim a firm role as Gael Clichy’s immediate back-up but his fortunes will be much reversed this campaign.

The England Under-21 regular and World Cup hopeful will sit out football action for a minimum of three months and now hands back over the left-back understudy role to Traore as in the 2007/08 season.

“Kieran had surgery this morning and the surgeon gave us a good report that he did not need any metal in his foot.” Wenger said at Friday’s press-conference

‘The first metatarsal is broken, which is very rare. He will be out for at least three months.”

So with the left-back options again limited for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, who should take Gibbs place?

Low-paced veteran Mikael Silvestre, young Armand Traore or the right-footed Emmanuel Eboue?

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