By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that Kieran Gibbs is "physically and mentally ready" to return to the Arsenal side on Wednesday night.
Injuries have restricted the England international to nine club appearances this season and he has not played since the 2-1 win over Sunderland on October 16.
Thomas Vermaelen has filled in at left back in the absence of Gibbs and Andre Santos but the Belgian is likely to return to his familiar central role against AC Milan now that Per Mertesacker has been ruled out.
Gibbs is the obvious candidate to start on the left and Wenger has no qualms about handing the 22-year-old his comeback in such a big game.
"To be a player is to come in and show how good you are when you get your chance," said the manager.
"I believe physically and mentally he is ready. But if I start him, which is not decided yet, I do not want to put too much pressure on him because we want a good team performance. Gibbs is a good player.
"I will find the most natural [solution], which means I will put Vermaelen back in the middle. Gibbs looks to be ready so I might look to start him but I have not decided completely yet."
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