Champions League

Arsenal battle injury crisis

2014-09-16 10:37
Mathieu Flamini (AFP)

Cape Town - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is facing a crisis as his side prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Independent report that Wenger will form a makeshift defence line when his side travels to Germany to face Dortmund.

Arsene Wenger is without Nacho Monreal (back issue), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle injury) while Calum Chambers is “50-50” to face the German side.

These injuries are forcing Wenger to consider using Mathieu Flamini or teenager Hector Bellerin at right back.

Wenger has just three senior defenders fit with Bellerin only having made one subsitute appearance for the Gunners during last season's League Cup.

Wenger denied that injuries had left him scrambling especially after he sold Thomas Vermaelen in the summer.

"The Mathieu Debuchy injury put us in a position where we do not want more and hopefully we have good news after the scan that he can be back soon. We have Chambers who can play in different positions, Monreal who can play centre-back and Bellerin, who I think now is ready to play.” said Wenger.

Arsenal fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is in a similar position. He has six players injured ahead of this clash including Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Blaszczykowski, Nuri Sahin, Oliver Kirch and Marcel Schmelzer. Star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is still not fit following a back injury that kept him out of action for the most part of last season.

Arsenal travel to the Westfalenstadion to face Dortmund on Tuesday, September 16 at 20:45. 

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