International Arsenal defender eyeing summer exit

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is claimed to be considering a move away from the club this summer.

The 26 year-old has fallen down the pecking order in North-London, with Nacho Monreal having kept him on the sidelines with very consistent displays this term.

The Spanish international has been getting plaudits from all around for his displays, and Gibbs is now believed to be eyeing a move away from the club in search of more regular football.

Gibbs emerged through the youth ranks, and was expected to become the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole at Arsenal as well as for England, but he appears to have failed to reach his full potential.

The defender is said to have told Arsene Wenger that he is unhappy with his current situation, and the manager will have to decide on whether he can accommodate the England hopeful’s playing needs.

ESPN claim an exit appears to be on the cards, and to be fair, a move does make sense. I like Gibbs, but he just isn’t up to the standard in reality.

A move to a mid-table team could be ideal for the defender, and with more regular action he could possibly make the step-up to challenge for his England place before the World Cup comes around in 2018.

We have been linked with a move to sign 19 year-old Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, and with having only made three first-team appearances for the Foxes this season, could be willing to join in order to learn while playing second fiddle to Monreal.

Would anyone rather bring Gibbs ahead of Monreal, with the Spaniard having turned 30 this year, or do you agree that a move makes sense for all parties? Could we challenge on all fronts with an understudy in the squad to Monreal or do we need two first-team stars to challenge for the role?

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  1. Nacho monreal has been most reliable and consistent in that left back position! His performances has been second to none, and honestly no disrespect to kieran Gibbs but this decision to keep him in that left back slot is justified!

    1. I agree about sulking players but I wouldn’t put Gibbs in with that bunch. Gibbs is reaching a certain age and he wants to play, nothing wrong with that. He’s been loyal, he even shot down these rumours a few months back because he wanted to focus on Arsenal. I would say there is a ring of truth to the rumour but it’s not coming from Gibbs mouth.

  2. Gibbs is unhappy and want’s out, and some think it probably works out fine. But what makes people think that a player with more talent than Gibbs is going to be happy playing second fiddle. The only chance for getting a more talented player than Gibbs is if we get an up and coming youngster. I prefer to have players a bit more experienced when it comes to defending, title winning defences rarely have kids in them. Chambers didn’t exactly sprout wings and take off, yet. Bellerin is an example of it working out, so it can go a few different ways.

  3. If I was Wenger, I’d request/prefer Gibbs to stay because I don’t think you’d ever find a better 2nd choice left back than him in ay other team. On top of that, he’s been very loyal to the club – of our home grown players to the club. As the article stated, Monreal is turning 30. So it’s only about time before his age gets ahead of him (I hope not!) and then Gibbs will have his days to be Arsenal’s first choice left back. He needs some improving in the mean time tho. But, right now, Nacho Mr. Consistent Monreal is first choice hands down!

  4. I think what Arsenal needs is a 3rd choice left back Ben Chigwell fits the age criteria and got be the guy that can fight with Gibbs once Monreal leaves.

    Gibbs is good as he also can play as a winger and take over from Alexis when we need to defend a point. We have used him a lot this way this season.

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