Kieran Gibbs made 11 appearances for Arsenal during the 2016-17 Premier League season.

His career in the English club has been a forgettable one as the English defender never truly managed to make an impact at the Emirates Stadium despite being a player of Arsenal since the season of 2006-07.

For the majority of Kieran Gibbs´ playing career as an Arsenal player, he has mostly had to settle with a spot on the sidelines.

On June 6 of 2017, Arsenal completed their 1st summer signing of 2017 by securing the services of the 20 year old Bosnian left-back SeadKolasinac and this is bad news for Kieran Gibbs as his influence at the Emirates Stadium will probably be diminished further than it already is.

It´s rumored that Newcastle United, Stoke City and Watford are all interested in signing Kieran Gibbs but the problem that they have faced is the price tag of the 27 year old defender who has been on the sidelines for most of his career. (more…)

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Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs could get a fresh challenge to revive his Premier League with both West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United keen on his signature.

The England international earned just eight starts during the recently concluded league campaign with Nacho Monreal being the preferred option on the left side of the backline.

Arsene Wenger did opt for a change to the 3-4-2-1 formation later on in the season, but this still didn’t help Gibbs as his continuous injury problems led to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain filling up at left wing-back in the FA Cup final against Chelsea. According to The Mirror, the Gunners graduate could earn a new lease of life in England with Tony Pulis keen on luring the full-back to the Hawthorns.

Pulis failed to clinch a deal with Leicester City for Jeffrey Schlupp last winter after the Ghanaian opted to pursue a move to Crystal Palace, and the manager is now on the search for an experienced option, who could replace Allan Nyom for the left-back position. (more…)

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Posted by May 4, 2017

Embattled Premier League outfit Arsenal have allowed the contracts of three of its stars enter its final 18 months.

The trio include Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. Manager Arsene Wenger is keen on renewing the deals for the players despite two out of the three not contributing much to the set-up at the Emirates Stadium.

Wilshere is on loan at Bournemouth until the end of the season – a side where he has spent the entire season. The English player has better managed his fitness concerns and there are calls for him to remain with the Cherries instead of returning to Arsenal.

Gibbs rarely gets called to action as he is behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order for a left back spot.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is a talented player but with fitness concerns. He has struggled with keeping a regular shirt.
Wenger has confirmed that all three players would get new deals. The long-time coach wants the British core players to remain.

“We still have a group of young players but we have to keep them all. We have Ramsey, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Gibbs. All these players we have to make decisions and manage to keep them together,” Wenger said.

Aaron Ramsey still has time on his deal while the rest might lapse in 2019. However, the club would likely tie the Welshman down to avoid a repeat of what would happen this summer.

Alexis Sanchez and MesutOzil are yet to agree new terms with the club and there are widespread reports that they might exit the team. Sanchez wants the team to be more ambitious, as other stars that eventually left the club.

The North London side might finish out of the top four this season, with few games left to play. It would make it more difficult to retain the top talents. These are trying times for Wenger.

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Is Kieran Gibbs wasting his life away in Arsenal?

Posted by March 28, 2017

Throughout the majority of the career of Kieran Gibbs, he has been utilized as a substitute player at the Emirates Stadium.

The English defender originally signed with Arsenal back on September of 2007 and despite that being almost 10 years ago, Gibbs has only managed to make around 130 appearances.

130 appearances might sound like a lot but considering that his time spent in Arsenal has roughly been 11 seasons, Gibbs has averaged around 12 appearances in every single season.

The bulk of his time is spent on the sidelines and this does not appear like it’s going to be changing anytime soon as the English defender continues being on the bench and only getting in the first team on a few specific matches or whenever someone else gets injured.

Kieran Gibbs earns around £60,000 each week which is a huge amount of money for a player that has mostly been unimportant in the Premier League. Not to take any credit away from Gibbs, he has performed fairly well in every occasion that he has indeed gotten the chance to get into the main team but is this enough for him to remain in Arsenal? Or would it be better to join another club?
Crystal Palace is one of the Premier League clubs that is rumored on being interested in signing Kieran Gibbs and get his career at least more active in terms of actually performing.

Whether or not a deal actually takes place is something that remains to be seen but if the 27 year old defender wants to have any real chance of getting called up to the England national team and perform for the upcoming international competitions including the 2018 FIFA World Cup, then his chances are extremely slim if he continues at the Emirates Stadium.

The career of Kieran Gibbs has not been a memorable one and at the age of 27, he still has time to turn it around but if he continues wasting it away on the sidelines of Arsenal then it will be an unremarkable one that actually had the potential to be something much more than just a bystander.

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The future of defender Kieran Gibbs at Arsenal looks and in doubt with the club yet to open contract negotiations with the player.

The current contract of the left back runs out in less than 18 months. He is one of several players whose future is a doubt. As much as seven players will be out of contract in the summer of 2018, while midfielder Santi Cazorla is out of contract in the summer. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, and Per Mertesacker are some of the big names whose future is under doubt.

At this moment in time, it looks highly unlikely thatGibbs will earn himself a new contract. He has not played much this season. In fact, he has made only 14 appearances in the first six months of the season. Incredibly, there has been only five Premier league appearances for the player. Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin have been the preferred fullbacks for the club.

Gibbs was once viewed as the England first choice left back, but he is now in a position where he cannot even guarantee his position at Arsenal. In order to sustain his place in the England national team, Gibbs would be ready to move away from the Emirates stadium in order to get regular first team football.

Since making his debut for the national team in 2010, Gibbs has featured in only 10 matches. Tottenham full-back Danny Rose is now seen as the default left back for the national team under Gareth Southgate.Gibbs has been at Arsenal since 2007, and he was brought to the club as a youngster from MK Dons on a free transfer. He spent six months on loan at Norwich before coming back to the club to replace Gael Clichy.

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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs reckons that the club deserved to get at least a draw from the game against Paris St Germain.

The two clubs were involved in a 2-2 draw at the French capital, and the result does not look good for the English outfit considering that they want to top the group. Finishing top of the Champions League group provides the opportunity to have the home game for the return leg while also almost guaranteeing an easy opposition in the knockout stages. Arsenal have suffered immensely as a result of not finishing top group in recent Champions League campaigns.

They are now in danger of finishing second once again after the draw with PSG. Edinson Cavani helped the French club take the lead after just 18 minutes. However, Arsenal managed to achieve a remarkable comeback through Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratti’s own goal. Just when it seemed that Arsenal would come home with an unlikely victory, PSG managed to come back level in terms through an own goal from Iwobi.

Gibbs felt that Arsenal did enough to at least come back with a point from the French capital. Some, though, thought that the club were comprehensively outplayed by the French giants and that a point was a lucky outcome for Arsene Wenger’s team.

“When you’re 2-1 up, you want to finish the job so obviously it’s disappointing. It’s something that we can learn from and we want to improve.We could have been technically better and more dangerous tonight. Overall, I think a draw was what we deserved. When we picked up momentum we looked very dangerous, it’s just about how we do that more consistently,” said Gibbs. Arsenal are up against Basel in the final round of the group matches, while PSG are up against Ludogorets at home.

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Posted by November 8, 2016

Football is becoming more globalised and fans are getting closer to players than ever via the use of social media. As a result, almost every player in the modern game has some sort of nickname – whether it be based off their performances, or based of their tendencies on the pitch.

As fans have proven with some incredible nicknames, creativity is not just limited to the football pitch.

Some of the more recognisable nicknames given to players by the fans include; ‘King Kev’ (given to Kevin Keegan due to his success as Newcastle manager), ‘The Special One (a self-given nickname by Jose Mourinho), and ‘CR7’ (Cristiano Ronaldo’s nickname and brand). However, these are just the well-known ones. There are thousands of players across the world that have nicknames.

This quiz, created by champions league betting experts Paddy Power, tests your knowledge on football players’ nicknames throughout history. How many nicknames can you guess correctly?

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Posted by November 3, 2016

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger made a bet that paid off when he gave Kieran Gibbs a rare start during their clash with Ludogrets in the Champions League.

Gibbs had been restricted to domestic games and late game minutes in the past few months but Wenger could not risk Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi due to their fitness concerns. Monreal has been the constant in the equation.

In the past two seasons, he has been the go-to person. However, in the game against Swansea Modou Barrow tormented him, but he has been rather decent since he became a regular.

Monreal has two years left on his deal with the club, yet extension talks are not in the pipeline. It seems the 27-year old might become part of Arsenal’s past in the near future. For Gibbs, he took advantage of the opportunity to prove his defensive capabilities. He put up a real contest with Brazilian player Wanderson as the Bulgarian side tried getting on the score sheet.

The full back would definitely face tougher teams that Ludogrets but he proved he could be an effective option in games. He definitely proved a point in the game, leaving Wenger to possibly rethink not considering him in game plans aside domestic matches.

Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t impress as much on the night. He is in the same situation with Monreal as his contract drags to the lapse period. He provided the assist for Alexis Sanchez though. Gibbs provided him with cross than he converted and he ran to him to acknowledge his assistance. Before the European contest, Oxlade-Chamberlain acknowledged that it wasn’t enough to play well, that he needed to do more. This was probably why Wenger left him and Gibbs on the pitch, preferring to rest Theo Walcott, Santi Carzorla and Alexis Sanchez. The 6-0 victory sent Arsenal to the top of Group A.

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Posted by October 16, 2016

Arsenal’s 3-0 win over the Antonio Conte’s led side at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday has been described as a quite shocking one considering the fact that the Blues lost 1-2 in their last game against Liverpool and ended up in a tie earlier on against Swansea.

Strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in the 11th and 14th minutes respectively ensured that Arsene Wenger rounded off his 20th year anniversary celebrations at Arsenal in a spectacular manner.

Kieran Gibbs was brought in to replace Alex Iwobi in the 70th minute of the game as the first substitute by the Gunners boss. He performed credibly well and was able to brilliantly clear off a cross by Alonso under tight pressure.

This win has seen Arsenal advance to 3rd place with a total of 13 points and directly under Tottenham with 14 points. At the top of the league table comfortably sits Manchester City with 18 total league points. Before they can be displaced, they would have to lose their next two games while the Spurs would have to win their next two games to place them at the top spot.

On the other hand, two recent losses and one draw against Swansea has seen The Blues fall back to the 8th position on the league table. With total league points of 10, they sit directly behind Crystal Palace who has the same number of points with them but leads with goal possession.

Over the years, Kieran Gibbs who has struggled with injuries and currently plays second fiddle to Nacho Monreal was linked to an exit during the last transfer window. While it did not work out, the Gunners left back who would add another year (27 years) by September 26th may however not stay on at the Arsene Wenger led side when the transfer window opens again in January.

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Posted by September 15, 2016

Getting transferred to the Emirates and shifting to London, Rob Holding is experiencing a different life as for the first time he has to live alone and also, has to prepare his breakfast, lunch and dinner himself.

Not only that, but, to train alongside some of the global names and on top of that, having his Arsenal debut so early, Rob must be pinching himself.

He was not going to be on the team sheet in the initial weeks if the Gunners’ top picks had not been on the physiotherapist’s table, but, the fact that he was left the only option for his position, he got games first up and he showed enough to Wenger that he pointed the youngster out in his presser at the Leicester trip.

Wenger was quoted saying, “I don’t see any talk of the youngster we have played in the two matches, Rob Holding. I mean look at him, just in the early twenties, but, so talented. However, for someone to be talked of, he must come at a big transfer fee. No?”

Whilst the move came out of the blue, there was one bookmaker who was offering promotional rates on a defender moving to Arsenal before the close of the window – if you join netbet today you can see the special offers they run.

On asked about Wenger singling him out, Rob could not hide his smile. In his words, “I heard that. Any bit of appreciation coming from the manager feels fantastic. After every match, he chats with everyone personally. He makes it easy for newcomers, no pressure”

In what sense Premiership is a bigger challenge than the lower tiers, Rob says, “The game is played along the pitch and not that much over the top which you see in second or third divisions and because it’s along the pitch, everything is quicker, thought process, decision making, everything. You feel things are happening at a different pace.”

Holding might again feature in the XI this Saturday at the Vicarage Road.

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