The name Ashley Cole may still leave a bitter taste in the mouth of Arsenal fans because of his infamous transfer to Chelsea. Another name that's a bit hot at the moment is Bacary Sagna, who recently completed his bosman move to Manchester City.
Both players have two things in common. They've both left Arsenal for Premier League rivals and they've both worn Arsenal's No. 3 shirt. Such a fact leaves the number's reputation at the Emirates Stadium in tatters.
Now Kieran Gibbs is the resident No. 3. Not only must he salvage the number's reputation by staying loyal to the Gunners, he is now under pressure to match the achievements of it's predecessors.
I think he'll be able to match the quality demonstrated by the two former stars. The honour of wearing the shirt makes this season massive for him.
Last season was rather up and down for Gibbs. Not performance wise though. He always managed to give a great turnout when he wasn't injured, which is encouraging. He'll have to get over the injury concerns though if he is to reach the top of his game.
After his performance this season and the fact he's played Champions League football this season, I feel it was absolutely criminal to not call him up to England's' World Cup squad.
Thanks to Squawka, I've been able to see how four players from the Premier League, all left-backs, have performed in defensive areas this season. Gibbs, Cole, and the two who were picked over him for Brazil, Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw.
It's clear here from Squawka's never ending matrix of stats, that Kieran Gibbs has had an immense season in the Premier League, earning the highest defensive score (15.17) out of the 4. He also bested them in interceptions over a 90 metric average (2.31).
This shows that he's definitely got the quality, and if he can continue to replicate that this season, he'll get better and he'll no doubt break into the squad. This season could prove to be the best for Gibbo as he continues to get better and reach the prime of his career.
Kieran Gibbs has expressed his delight and honour, by tweeting '#KG3 #HONOURED', well Gibbo, it's good to know you're ready for it. You may need it.
Arsenal have continuously been linked with Mathieu Debuchy as Sagna's replacement in other news, as reports continue to spiral about the Frenchman agreeing terms with Arsenal and undergoing a medical as The Independent reports.
If this is to be believed, then the Gunners could be in for a solid season with two solid full backs either side of the ever present pair of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny who have had decent world cups. The former being in a World Cup final in Brazil this weekend.
What do you think?
Can Kieran Gibbs show his worth for the Number 3 this season, or is too much for him?
Let me know down below and on Twitter - @ThatSebPana
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