Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Kieran Gibbs is one of the top three left-backs in the country after coming of age this season.

The 23-year-old has already made 100 appearances for the Gunners after he featured in their 4-1 victory against Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Gibbs has been with Arsenal since 2004, working his way up from the youth ranks into the first team, and was finally given his first-team chance when Gael Clichy left the club for Manchester City back in 2011.

Despite having ongoing injury problems throughout his career, it seems that the 23-year-old has finally gotten over the injuries and is ready to develop his career on the international stage.

After being very impressive so far this season, Wenger believes the left-back is now one of the best in the Premier League.

“I think this season has been, despite the fact that he was in doubt for a while, a step-up season for him," the Gunners' boss commented. “He has improved a lot, has put his personality into the games, which was sometimes a bit of a problem for him.

“He has authority, he is decisive going forward, and in games where we were struggling a bit like Swansea in the cup he turned up and was the one who brought the pressure on the opponent.

“Even at Munich when he had been out for six weeks he came straight back in and had a very decent game. For me he has moved into the top three left-backs in the country."

Despite signing Nacho Monreal in January, Wenger still regards Gibbs as a first-team option and is confident that the two can battle each other healthily for the starting spot.

“He is ready for the fight," the Frenchman added. "I did it because I believe you never know with only one left-back.

“You need two. And as well because both can play one in front of the other, so there’s an opportunity to use them both in some games.”


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