I never thought I would be saying this after Nacho Monreal signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2013, but I reckon it is time to cut the Spanish left back loose and get a replacement.
According to a report in The Express, La Liga side Athletic Bilbao are keen to take the defender back to Spain. The Spanish club have not got much money, but they need to strengthen as they claimed the last Champions League spot available by finishing fourth in La Liga. .......Read the full article here
Kieran Gibbs has quietly become one of Arsenal’s most important and reliable players in recent seasons, a fact that was made painfully apparent after Nacho Monreal’s dodgy performances against Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Blessed with great pace that has terrorized many Premier League defenses going forward and a work ethic that has seen his defensive game improve immeasurably, Gibbs has matured into a genuine all-round full back. And, at just 24 years old, he looks set to be a permanent fixture in the Arsenal back line for some years to come.
But Gibbs has had a hard time convincing the England selectors of his many talents, having won just three caps since making his debut against Hungary in 2010. The Arsenal man will be desperate to impress Roy Hodgson and earn a spot in England’s World Cup squad, but the fact that he did not feature at all during England’s qualifying campaign does not bode well. In fact if you bet online you can get a massive 16/1 for Gibbs to make the squad at the moment. So why has Arsenal’s first choice left back been so frequently overlooked by the national team? Essentially, it boils down to two issues: injuries and competition. .......Read the full article here
Although the transfer window has shut down permanently for this season and will not re-open again until a few weeks after Arsenal have potentially had their celebratory Premier League winners’ open bus parade, but the transfer speculation is already in full swing. The news is so surprising that it has to be shared with Arsenal fans because this really would be one massive shock if it happened. .......Read the full article here
Compared to what they were like before, the Arsenal and Chelsea managers are acting like best buddies this time around. But anyone who believes the public insistence that their is no personal rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho would probably believe that, if you check your dictionary, you will find no such word as gullible in there.
The two coaches have definitely calmed down their antagonism towards each other, but at the top level of any profession there is a lot of rivalry and neither man will have forgotten the barbs of the past. I think there have been some mind games going on, but they are much more subtle than calling the other a voyeur. .......Read the full article here
There has been quite a lot of concern among Arsenal fans after the Gunners endured their worst week of the season so far. We always knew that the three tough games in just six days were going to be difficult, but everyone was expecting more than just a draw against Everton and defeats against Napoli and Man City.
But Arsene Wenger has insisted that the results have not damaged the players confidence. On the contrary, he believes that Arsenal will take some confidence from the attacking display at the Etihad and will be fully fired up to face Jose Mourinho and Chelsea on Monday night. .......Read the full article here
I know a lot of Arsenal fans will say that we shouldn’t be hoping for or relying on problems for our Premier League rivals to help us in the bid to claim the Premier League title. But the fact is, the more the likes of Chelsea and Man City struggle, the better chance Arsenal have of winning.
Anyway, Arsene Wenger has had more than his fair share of problems to deal with since the start of the season. The Frenchman’s main problem has been an unbelievable injury list, with key players like Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla all missing for significant periods. .......Read the full article here
Ahead of this crunch Premier League game for Arsenal at Old Trafford, it seems like Arsene Wenger is relishing the Old rivalry. Maybe it is because this is the first time in years that the Gunners have seriously threatened to become champions of England or not, there is definitely an extra bit of spice in the build up.
The last time that Arsenal finished the campaign in top spot was 2004 and that is arguably the best performance over a season that England has ever seen. I’m not sure if you remember, but Arsenal did not lose a single league game that season, and so the team gained the nickname of `invincibles`, quite rightly. They also beat Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest record of unbeaten games in that spell. .......Read the full article here
Does Gibbs get the recognition he deserves? by Ash
Kieran Gibbs has come a long way over the past five years or so, having turned from a poor Artsenal winger, to a soon to be world class left back! Gibbs didn’t actually come through the youth ranks at Arsenal like many perceive, because the left back in fact joined the Gunners upon closure of his original team AFC Wimbledon. He went straight into the Arsenal reserves and there was no doubt that he held quality and potential in him, despite performing as a winger. .......Read the full article here
While one former Arsenal left back anxiously awaits a medical report on a damaged rib, the current holder of the position at the Emirates, Kieran Gibbs, is doing the same thing but for different reasons. Arsenal fans’ favourite (NOT) former defender Ashley Cole had to be substituted in Chelsea’s win over Norwich yesterday, and he left the field grimacing and clutching his side.
His manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that this is an ongoing problem, so it seems as if Cole will probably miss the two England games coming up against Montenegro and Poland, although we are still waiting for confirmation from Chelsea’s medical staff. .......Read the full article here
Arsene Wenger seems to have a magic touch at producing left backs for Arsenal, with Kieran Gibbs well on his way to reaching the heights, and even surpassing, the previous two of Gael Clichy and Ashley Cole. Hey, you never know, we might even hang on to this one.
The 24-year old seems to have got over the injury problems that were disrupting his progress in the last few years, and he is really making the most of it, keeping Spanish international Nacho Monreal out of the first team in all but two of the Gunners’ 11 games this season, and Wenger has been talking, as reported by Arsenal.com, about just why Gibbs is doing so well. .......Read the full article here
It was not very long ago that the Arsenal and England full back Kieran Gibbs was getting himself a reputation as an injury prone player, having missed significant periods ever since he first broke his foot at the end of 2009. However, apart from a small thigh problem last season, he has quietly become a very reliable first team player for the Gunners. .......Read the full article here
A question that Arsene Wenger must have been asking himself over the summer is who should be the squad’s first choice left back? We have two first team left backs as everybody will know. We have English and Arsenal born and bred Kieran Gibbs who is one of the Gunners who has come all the way through the club’s youth system to earn a place in the team. .......Read the full article here