It has been widely reported that Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new left-back. The French Manager does not think that Kieran Gibbs is of high enough quality, so they are looking for buyers for him.
Gibbs had a bright start to his Gunners career but has since dropped down the pecking order. For the last 18 months, he has had to play back up to Nacho Monreal.
A few seasons back you would have thought he would have been a certainty to be part of the England national team. With the Euros coming up this summer, he has fallen considerably down the pecking order. It is highly unlikely that he will be included in the England squad for the tournament. With only a handful of games remaining in the Premier League, unless Monreal gets injured his playing time is going to be very limited. So far this season he has only featured in 13 out of 28 league games. Out of those match, only two were ones that he started.
Gibbs has been a boyhood Gunners fan all his life. He joined the club at the age of 15. He was one of the best young products from the Arsenal academy to come through the ranks. The left-back has failed to improve as a player though and this season his duels records are the weakest in the arsenal defence. The player has only won 40% of his duels, which is one of the lowest in the Premier League.
It is believed he will leave in the summer with some clubs interested in his signature.
The player identified by Wenger to replace Gibbs is 19-year-old Chilwell. The left back has been outstanding and attracted a lot of interest from the top teams. He is now signed with Leicester City, who sit at the top of the Premier League.
Chilwell went on loan during November until January for Championship side Huddersfield Town. The left back made many starts and during his time, the defence only conceded eight goals.
Chilwell is still young and has a lot to learn before making the very top. He is prone to making defensive errors which he needs to cut out of his game if he wants to take the first team spot in the Arsenal side if he joins. The player though is very disciplined, and it is very rare he gets booked.
At the start of the season, many Gunners fans were making Champions League final predictions. They thought that this was the season that they could push on and finally win the trophy they do desperately want. After losing 2 – 0 in the first leg against Barcelona, it looks highly unlikely to happen.
Barcelona is the Champions League final predictions favorite and on current form they look unbeatable.It would be an enormous surprise for them not to at least finish in the top two teams.
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