Gibbs injury blow...AW lifts lid on 'red light, green light' tactics

Crocked Kieran Gibbs will give Arsene Wenger another injury headache ahead of the trip to Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.
The young left-back hobbled out of England U-21’s 0-0 draw in Lithuania last night and this morning’s paper report on the injury which comes after RVP was sidelined with ankle ligament damage.
The Daily Mail says AW will have to wait for a medical update on Gibbs who was sub
stituted after just 21 minutes and taken to hospital for an immediate X-ray on an injured ankle.
Gibbs had hobbled to the ambulance with the aid of crutches and the initial fear was that he had suffered a broken metatarsal though the X-ray appeared to discount this.
It looks inevitable that Wenger will have to find a stand-in ahead of  the Sunderland game. Given Gael Clichy’s continued absence with a back injury, this will be a major headache for Wenger as he is already without a number of stars, including Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott. With Clichy out, Gibbs had been Wenger’s first choice at full back, says the paper.
The Mirror reckons the injury is a suspected broken metatarsal and that if the worst fears are confirmed, he could be out for up to three months.
It adds that AW’s injury problems are mounting with Brazilian midfielder Denilson out with a back problem while Abou Diaby is set to miss Saturday’s trip to Sunderland after being made to report for France even though he had a calf injury.
Their guessing reporter goes for the option to use Bacary Sagna as a makeshift-left back and Emmanuel Eboue on the opposite side.
Meanwhile, the Sun has an intriguing interview with AW, which they have lifted from a chat he had with a French radio station.
The paper says that the Gunners boss has uncoverd how he teaches his young side to play what is universally regarded as the best football in the land.
For many purists, only European champions Barcelona are as pleasing on the eye as Wenger’s Arsenal.
Spectacular combinations based on speed of body and mind, together with technical ability and power, have made the North Londoners the nation’s favourite second team, says the paper.
He said: “We work a lot on the potential of combinations between players. We plot it on the pitch and, once a player has the ball, there are red lights or green lights. The collective goal is to create the most possible green lights.
“That is to say to give passing solutions to the man with the ball and to leave the responsibility with that man to make the best choice possible, allowing the team to keep possession but at the same time – if possible – make the game progress towards the attack.
“So you must always offer the player solutions that allow him to utilise his intelligence around the game to the maximum. For it to work, players must make themselves available and we work on that in training.
“That’s where top-level sport becomes really interesting, in finding a way to have the team in a position of psychological comfort so that they can offer solutions. Because you know that, when doubt creeps in, the green lights become red lights.
“Because each player takes fewer spontaneous initiatives and, all of a sudden, it’s absolutely unbelievable at what speed all those lights become red and the player with the ball finds himself in the s***.
“Doubt is the key enemy of our game but, eventually, we must at the same time give our team the sense of availability. And, on a psychological level, we must give them a taste for audacity and for developing connections between each other.”
Right off for tea and toast, catch you later my fellow Wengerites.

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