By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger will not hesitate to throw Kieran Gibbs back into the first-team fray this weekend.

The 19-year-old endured a difficult night on Tuesday when his unfortunate slip allowed Manchester United to take an early lead in the second leg of the Champions League Semi-Final. Gibbs was replaced at half-time at Emirates Stadium and was distraught after Arsenal crashed out 4-1 on aggregate.

At his pre-match press conference, Wenger admitted that Gibbs had "suffered" since his high-profile mistake. But the Frenchman believes that Sunday's game against Chelsea is a good opportunity to put it behind him.

"Yes, I will play him against Chelsea," said Wenger. "The best thing to do in that situation sometimes is to give them straight away the chance again to play.

"He has suffered a lot because you feel, your job, when you defend, is not to make mistakes. I tried to talk to him to get him up again, but it takes time to recover from a blow like that, unfortunately, when you are a young player and you make a mistake like that.

"I still don’t understand why he did slip and he doesn’t really know why as well. But I am convinced, like all the left-footed players, he was indecisive. ‘Do I take the right foot or the left foot?’ Because, first of all there was more a little bit for a right-foot clearance.”

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8 May 2009