By DECLAN WARRINGTON ~ www.dailymail.co.uk

It is understood Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa is the Arsenal manager’s chief target but the Frenchman, usually so prudent when recruiting, revealed he could move to offset the absence of Gibbs, who will be out for over three weeks.

‘Gibbs has a thigh strain and that rules him out for the next three weeks – it is a big blow for us,’ Wenger said.

‘I’ll see what I can do. Gibbs was a big player for us going forward and in the game we want to play.

‘I cannot promise you any transfers. We work on it. We want an official extension of the window for one week.’

Santos received heavy criticism earlier in the season for swapping shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time during Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester United earlier in the season.

FACTFILE: GAETAN BONG

Age                                             24
Club                        Valenciennes
Position                         Left back
Squad no                                   24
Born        Sakbayeme, Cameroon
Height                                  1.83m
Appearances this season  14 (1)
Goals                                            0

 

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