Gibbs injury forced Arsenal's hand, says Arsene Wenger

With Andre Santos already on Arsenal's books, Wenger now has three specialist left-backs at his disposal, but Wenger says it is important to have cover in the position.

updated: February 02, 2013 13:52 IST
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London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club were obliged to sign Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal due to the injury sustained by Kieran Gibbs.

Monreal arrived from Malaga late on Thursday in a deal reported to be worth £8.3 million ($13.2 million, 9.7 million euros).

Gibbs is set to be out for up to two months after limping off with a thigh problem during Arsenal's 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool on Wednesday and Wenger said it made perfect sense to move for Monreal.

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