Kieran Gibbs must step up to fulfil potential

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England have a bit of an injury crisis at left-back at the moment.

Their two first choice players, Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw are both out with long-term injuries, and we need someone to make this position their own.

At Arsenal, one of their weakest positions is at left-back. Bellerin has impressed at right-back, but on the other side Nacho Monreal has been exposed more than once so far this season and isn't the quickest of players.


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Kieran Gibbs has always had bags of potential. Under Arsene Wenger and a whole-heartedly talented Arsenal squad, he has learnt composure and a passing ability, which he has added to his natural pace, strength and athleticism.

All he needs is a really decent run of games and he will develop a partnership with the other Arsenal defenders. What he really needs now is 90 minutes of football at least once a week, without picking up any injuries. 

Gibbs needs to start pushing himself harder to impress Arsene Wenger. So far this season he hasn't started a Premier League match, so he needs to improve in training to oust Monreal from left-back and then perform consistently well when given the chance.

Physically he has everything, he just needs that experience and knowledge, which he will only learn through match-time. Perhaps if he doesn't end up getting game time he should try and go out on loan to re-start his career.

Gibbs seems to have been around for a long time in English football but is still only 26-years-old. Perhaps he should take a leaf out of Ryan Bertrand's book, who wasn't playing for Chelsea, moved to Southampton and impressed last season. 

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If Kieran can stay fit, put in some good performances for Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League and gain momentum and confidence, I think he could be a really important player for England in the future.

We need someone to step up, and I hope he goes on a run of form now and shows his potential. There are a lot of talented right-wingers in the Premier League who he can test himself against. He needs to be fearless and relish it. Lets hope to see him flourish.

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