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Arsenal crisis.

ARSENAL were plunged back into a defensive injury crisis ahead of the showdown with Chelsea as both Kieran Gibbs, with a fractured metatarsal, and William Gallas hobbled out of tonight's 2-0 Champions League win over Standard Liege at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners responded from their lacklustre defeat to Sunderland with a comfortable victory which secured safe passage into the last 16 at the top of Group H ahead of the final match in Olympiacos after first-half goals from Samir Nasri and Denilson.

However, it came at a cost as centre-back Gallas went off at the break with a combination of an ankle problem and a lump above his eye following a clash of heads with Andrey Arshavin, which also left the Russian needing staples to close a bloody gash.

Gibbs, meanwhile, limped out during the closing stages following a hefty challenge from Eliaquim Mangala.


YOU'RE OUT: Stuttgart''s Zdravko Kuzmanovic celebrates their second goal.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2009
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