No one has spoke of Arsenal’s own English left-back Kieran Gibbs as against Ashley Cole, Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw who all are in controversy for the two left back position at this year’s world cup.
Kieran Gibbs aged about 24 year has been outstanding for his team’s arsenal this year making the supporters disregard the names of Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy who have left to the opponents Chelsea and Manchester city in this current year.
Kieran Gibbs has said that his team Arsenal must make sure that it doesn’t become the victim of upsets in the remaining part of the ongoing season.
There have been a lot of upsets pulled off by the minor teams in the league this season. So, Gibb’s concern is really understandable.
Arsenal allowed Liverpool to take advantage in the title race after managing only a 0-0 draw with Chelsea. The match was taking place at the Emirates stadium, which meant that Arsenal had a great opportunity to not only take three points to cement their place at the top of the table, but also destroyed Chelsea's hopes of winning the title.
Jose Mourinho's men were coming into the encounter after recent run of form, which has seen them concede numerous goals. Hence, Arsenal were confident ahead of the encounter of maintaining their winning form.
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has been one of the standout performers for the club this season and he has secured the praise of manager Arsene Wenger, who thinks that Gibbs has come of age this season.
Arsenal have enjoyed a long-standing tradition of producing great left backs and it has been the case since the days of Ashley Cole. Gael Clichy departed the club a few years ago. It was feared that Gibbs may not be able to become one of the greats because he was being thrust into first-team action too soon.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger have not always seen eye to eye in the past, but it seems that the pair have buried the hatchet after The Special One’s second coming to England and as Chelsea boss.
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The return of Tomas Rosicky to form has helped Arsenal hugely in the last few weeks. The team has gone are now five victories in the last six matches, which is a record only bettered by Premier league leaders Manchester United. As a result, they have been able to close the gap on Chelsea and Tottenham for the fourth spot.
The Czech Republic midfielder was once again at his influential best in the match against West Brom during the weekend. Arsenal managed a 2-1 win in the match, which helped them close the gap on Tottenham, who could only draw their match against Everton.
Rosicky scored both goals in the 2-1 victory for Arsenal. Wenger has said that he is extremely keen on the midfielder ending his career at Arsenal. It was only a few years ago that the future of Rosicky as a footballer seemed a major doubt due to the never-ending injury problems. Wenger has said that he is truly a big player, who can make the difference in every match. He has also said that the team is not feeling extremely confident that they can finish in the top four at the end of the season.
He has urged his players not to look at the results of Chelsea and Tottenham, but instead concentrate on their performances.
"Tomas was fantastic. He is an important player for us. Unfortunately he was out injured for a long time. But every year he gives us a push at the end of the season. I hope he finishes his career with us. I rate him that highly. I am very pleased, it is three big points. We have 22 points out of the last 27 but we know our target is to continue to do that until the end of the season. We know we have one target to win our games, then we don't have to look at Tottenham or Chelsea," said Rosicky.
The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has said that the injury of Kieran Gibbs forced him to buy Nacho Monreal from Malaga.
Gibbs injured his thigh while playing in the match against Liverpool on 30th of January. Initially, the injury didn’t seem to be a severe one, but, the further tests confirmed that the English left back needed 4-5 weeks to get fit. After Gibbs’ injury, Arsenal was left with only one left back in the form of Andre Santos. That’s why; Arsene Wenger decided to bring Nacho Monreal into the Arsenal camp.
Monreal joined Arsenal just a few hours before the closure of the transfer window. The transfer fee paid by Arsenal is expected to be somewhere around 8 million Pounds. Monreal has signed a contract of 4 and half years for Arsenal.
When asked about Monreal’s signing, Wenger said, “Gibbs’ injury was the main reason why we decided to sign Nacho. We only had a couple of left backs in our squad and with one getting injured; we were left with only one left back. So, we decided to buy Nacho.”
“Initially, we hadn’t thought that Gibbs’ injury was that severe. But, when we sent him for the tests, we found out that he could be out of action for a month or so. That prompted us to go for Nacho.”
“Nacho is a fine player. I have seen him playing for Malaga. He is versatile and he can adapt himself according to the way we play.”
Wenger also hinted that Monreal might get a starting opportunity straightaway in the upcoming match against Stoke City. The Arsenal manager said, “Nacho has been in decent form for Malaga in this season and he is likely to get a playing chance against Stoke. Hopefully, he will make a good start to his Arsenal career.”
The Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has suggested that he is working to his maximum limit to help the team recover from the poor run of form, which they have been experiencing for the last few months. Arsenal made a good start to the Premier league season and were expected to be one of the contenders for the title finally this season.
However, a very bad run of form in recent months have meant that they have fallen more than 15 points behind leaders Manchester United. Kieran Gibbs, who has been a first-team regular for the club since the departure of Clichy, has said that he has been working extremely hard in order to help the team in every way possible.
The defender has suffered a number of niggling injuries so far this campaign, which have limited to him making only 12 appearances in all the competitions. Yet, he believes that he is working extremely hard in order to overcome the injury problems and make starts on a regular basis. Gibbs has stressed the importance of working hard as a team when not in possession of the ball, which is equally important as what a team does when in possession of the ball. Gibbs was absent from the squad that played against Olympiacos, but is expected to return against West Brom.
"It's not just about what we do when we got the ball, it's about what we do even more so when we haven't got the ball. You just have to play the game how you think it needs to be played and if you give 100%, we know we've got the quality to get results. We should be doing that. I always knew that if I pick up a run of games, I can be positive for the team and have a big influence," said Kieran Gibbs.
Considering the gulf in class between Arsenal and Manchester City in relation to the final standings last term, the fact that Arsene Wenger has revealed his frustrations about only netting a point with the Etihad Stadium outfit speaks volumes about the progress the Gunners are making. Wenger claims that while he was happy to go back with a draw, he was still a little annoyed that his team couldn't finish the defending champions off.
Even though Arsenal fell behind to a Joleon Lescott goal in the 40th minute, the team kept on fighting and deservedly got an equaliser in the latter stages of the game thanks to Laurent Koscielny. However, before and after that goal were a host of missed opportunities, with Gervinho usually being the main culprit. The Ivory Coast striker spurned a host of decent opportunities, which left Wenger ruing what might have been at the end of the match.
Speaking to the media, the Frenchman said, “I hope this game will reinforce our belief and confidence – and reassure us about our potential in this league. I’m pleased because this result was the minimum we deserved. I’m pleased as well with the quality of our performance and the spirit. I’m a bit frustrated as there was room for more and we had other chances, such as Gervinho’s on the edge of the box which missed the goal.”
Nevertheless, the draw still provides the Gunners with an excellent start to the campaign, with the team currently sat in 5th position. Even though the club have already drawn three games this term, they are at least proving much more difficult to beat and many have credited Steve Bould for adding extra “steel” to the team. Of course, the next big test comes in the form of the current league leaders, with Chelsea set to arrive at the Emirates Stadium next week.