After the departure of Gael Clichy in the summer of 2011, Arsenal struggled to find a consistent left-back to fill the void left by the Frenchman. 

Now the Gunners have two left-backs, in Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, who are both more than capable of putting in a good performance and coping well with the intense pace of the Premier League. 

With the choice of two left-backs, it naturally provides competition for the place forcing both of them to improve. As well as competition for the place, there is cover available should injury occur. Both players have a few rough edges but, they both play to an acceptable standard at this moment in time and can develop when playing more often. 

Kieran Gibbs, last season, was one of Arsenal's better players, showing his burst of pace, perfected timing in his tackles and a drive to run forward and make penetrating runs into the box, Gibbs demonstrated why he should claim the left-back position. 

However, similarly to previous seasons of his, he still struggled with injury in the middle stages of the season showing that he could not be relied on 100% to be playing every week. 

In order to provide cover for Gibbs, should he continue to pick up injuries as often as he does, Wenger decided to buy Spanish international Nacho Monreal. 

In his early performances he showed that he was capable of sufficiently playing in the left-back role and did not show many signs of weaknesses. With an everlasting engine driving him up and down the left side of the pitch and having the ability to put in quick tackles, Monreal had the qualities required to play in the left back position and cover Gibbs. Monreal also picked up a goal against Swansea in the short period of time which he has been at the club for. 

With a long run in the team, the Spaniard demonstrated that he possessed the correct traits to successfully play regularly in the left-back role. 

Both left-backs have plenty of room to improve and they will challenge each other to trigger this improvement and cover each other when required to do so. Having these two left backs more than capable of doing what is required of them, Arsenal do not need to look any further and bring in any other players in this position.

 

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