By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger says the back injury sustained by Gael Clichy is good news for England - because Kieran Gibbs will get an extended opportunity in the Arsenal side.

The 20-year-old has started just two Premier League games this season but with Clichy ruled out Gibbs is set to feature heavily for the Gunners throughout November.

Since England successfully completed their World Cup qualifying campaign earlier this season, media attention has turned to which players could make the trip to South Africa.

Gibbs is one of those players believed to be in contention but only if he gets enough games at club level this season.

Fabio Capello was at Emirates Stadium when the left back started against Liverpool last week, and Wenger feels the England manager will be pleased to see Gibbs getting regular games for Arsenal.

"Capello and England will be happy because they want Gibbs to play," he said.

However, the Frenchman is concerned about the impact playing several games in quick succession could have on the youngster, despite the quality he possesses.

"Now suddenly there is a huge stress on Gibbs to play in every game.

"I have no doubt about his quality and I have said that many times.

"But I still think [to lose Clichy] is a blow because I was very comfortable to have a solution to rest him when it was needed and play Gibbs."

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3 Nov 2009