Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is very happy with the battle that is taking place between Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal for the first-team spot at left-back.

Both players have put in impressive performances in recent weeks and are both staking their claim for the left-back position and it has left Wenger with a selection headache with both players fully fit and ready for the season run-in.

Kieran Gibbs has been at the club for a long-time now and was labelled as the successor to Gael Clichy once he left to join Manchester City, but constant injury problems halted his progression, but it now looks like the Englishman is over his injury issues.

Gibbs came into the first-team and kept out Andre Santos, who then left the club on loan to Brazil as soon as Arsenal brought in Nacho Monreal.

Monreal was signed from Spanish side Malaga in January after another injury meant Gibbs was going to be out of action for a couple of months and he impressed right from the start.

With both of them fully fit and fighting for the left-back position, it has left Wenger with a selection headache, but he insists he is happy with both of them and believes Gibbs just has the edge.

Wenger told reporters: "They have done really well. That's another difficult decision I have to make in every single game.

"I would say for Gibbs it's the same as it is for Chamberlain because he has improved tremendously this season.

"I think October, November, was really a springboard for him where he moved forward. He's a candidate for higher up [now]." 

 

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