Have Arsenal scouts found replacement for departing England star?

While the season has been a pretty tough one for Arsenal fans to take, apart from the happy bookend that were provided by us beating Jose Mourinho and Chelsea to win the Community Shield and then the implosion of Tottenham that allowed us to nip past them on the final day and retain our stranglehold in north London, it has probably been even worse for Kieran Gibbs.

The England international left back has seen his hard fought battle for a starting place with Nacho Monreal turn into a very one-sided affair and so even though Leighton Baines has not had a great season with Everton, Gibbs has still not been selected by the England boss Roy Hodgson for Euro 2016.

I rate Gibbs and feel sorry for the guy but unless Monreal picks up an injury I cannot see Gibbs getting much more than this year’s two EPL starts next time. And at nearly 27 years of age, Gibbs will surely be looking to secure regular football for the rest of his playing career and that is why he is one of the favourites to move on from Arsenal in the summer.

And the Arsenal transfer news reported by Scotland’s Daily Record which reveals that the chief Arsenal scout Steve Rowley has been watching the teenage Celtic left back Kieran Tierney suggests that Wenger is ready to let Gibbs go.

Apparently Rowley has been impressed with the youngster and the report claims that we may be ready to make a substantial transfer bid of around £10 million for Tierney, so is it about to one Kieran in and another one out?

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  1. Gibbs is a good player!
    Arsenal play more than 50 games in a season! Why can’t two players get enough playing time for 1 position. It all comes down to wenger’s lack of squad rotation. Why does wenger freeze players out… chambers, gibbs, campbell, rosicky, etc.
    We should hold on to gibbs..

    1. I agree to a point, but I think the back line is one of those areas you need as little tinkering as possible, unless necessary. Chambers, I believe we probably could have used him more because of how that Boss-Gab partnership kicked us in the nards. Rosicky, definitely yes, he plays the way Ramsey tries to play. Gibbs, I actually think we used him well this season, I know it’s in midfield but stopping goals is what it’s all about.

    2. You are talking of rotation. If wenger probably has rotated his team, start gibbs and probably we lose the game maybe a blunder was committed by Gibbs, I bet you will be the very person to criticize him for changing a winning team. I like Gibbs, and I wish he also had enough playing time, but I understand that wenger keeps to his most stable defence.

  2. I like gibbs .
    He is good but unfortunately he has been unlucky with injuries and has found himself displaced with one of the few most consistent players in the prem.

    Ot:We might have a hate on our english core but with an exception of walcott they are the most physical players we have.
    look at welbz calum wilshere and the ox.

    Unfortunately only calum stays injury free

  3. Steve Rowley is a scout from bygone times….read an article below in Guardian and see how Sevilla scout their players. Football has moved on last 10 years and more scientific methodical approach is applied in recruiting players rather than solely relying on one or two at the club. Incidentally they make profit and win trophies at the same time!


    1. Wenger was one of the first to adopt a scientific approach. All clubs now use statistics mathematics and what not, nobody just sends one or two out to have a look-over. We have scouts in almost every country, this dude is just our top guy, or one of them. People should not think our methods old just because the manager is here 20 seasons, things evolve. I hear it being said allot (old methods) but not once have I seen comparisons made with our methods versus the other new methods.

      1. I understand that we bought statdna who use revolutionary methods to identify transfer tagets, how well players are performing etc.

  4. Gibbs should stay..he’s a decent player with EPL experience..and s kid from the SPL doesn’t compare to him…also Monreal has passed 30, and sooner or later he will need to be rested.. Rotating the two will keep them both fit, and less likely to sustain long term injuries from being overplayed.. Knowing Wenger however who apparently knows best about everything, rotation is a rude word and should only apply to other teams whos’ managers don’t know everything..

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