If you listen to the consensus from all the Arsenal rumours flying around you would expect that Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas will be leaving the Emirates imminently, with Nasri set to follow Gael Clichy to Manchester City.
But Arsene Wenger doesn’t seem at all worried about losing either Nasri or Cesc and seems to indicate that he actually wanted to sell Clichy so he could promote Kieran Gibbs to the first team.
He said: “The reasoning is that Kieran Gibbs at some stage has to get a chance to play. And Gael had only one year to go.
“I rate Gael very highly but I rate highly as well Kieran Gibbs, and he is now at an age where he has to play. And that’s the main reason behind that, to give Gibbs a chance”.
I would certainly agree that Gibbs is a great talent, but the obvious problem is that every time he has been given a run in the first team he gets injured. Wenger must be confident that these problems are now behind him……