Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs was a player that looked to have so much promise when he first broke into the Gunners first-team. However, a mixture of injury problems and a loss of form saw him struggle for first team last season.
There are now doubts over the England international’s future at the club after he was omitted from the Gunners squad for their preseason tour of Australia and China.
According to Sky Sports, West Brom have seen a £10million bid for the full-back rejected. It seems that he is more highly-rated elsewhere than in north London.
Even stiffer competition next season
Next season Gibbs will have even stiffer competition for a place in the Gunners starting line-up. Spanish international Nacho Monreal had ousted him from the team last season, as he made just eight Premier League starts last season.
The summer signing of highly rated Bosnia and Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac has worsened Gibbs chances of first-team football next season. The former Schalke star can play at left-back and left wing-back, the two positions that Gibbs predominantly plays in.
Kolasinac was a man in-demand in the summer, with both AC Milan and Everton both strongly linked with moves for the defender. He has not come to north London to sit on the substitute’s bench.
It seems the versatile star is likely to be a starter for Arsenal, whether that is at centre-back, full-back or wing-back. Monreal Is also still in front of the 27-year-old in the pecking order too.
Maybe he can improve with regular first team football
Gibbs is still only 27, but he has not really lived up to his supposed potential of his early career. He may well improve if he plays regular first team football. However, that looks highly unlikely to happen again at Arsenal.
Maybe it is time for the full-back to move on and start playing regularly for a Premier League team. At the moment it looks unlikely that defender will even be in Arsenal’s squad for their opening game of the Premier League against Leicester which they are odds of 4/11 to win.
Kieran Gibbs may well have once been a promising young player for Arsenal. However, at 27, he has had enough of a chance to prove that he is good enough, yet has failed to do so.
The summer arrival of Kolasinac has rendered Gibbs surplus to requirements at the Emirates. It would not be a major surprise to see the full-back leave this summer.
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