Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is reportedly set to leave the club this summer in search of regular first-team football.
According to ESPN FC sources, the 26-year-old has been forced to consider his options after falling behind Nacho Monreal as Arsene Wenger’s first choice at left back.
Having made just three Premier League starts so far this season, the oft-injured defender will consider his options and determine whether or not his future lies away from the Emirates.
The form of Monreal has also contributed to his lack of minutes, as the former Malaga star has steadily improved and added consistency to his game to become a reliable presence in the Arsenal backline.
It is also noted by ESPN FC that Wenger understands Gibbs’ frustrations, and that they could be willing to allow him to move on provided that they are able to sign a replacement this summer.
While some Arsenal fans will naturally be disappointed that one of their young stars has failed to make the grade with the club, it could also be seen as part of the rebuilding process in north London this summer.
The Gunners are at great risk of ending this season without a trophy, and there is a case to argue that Wenger must get rid of the players that have failed to meet expectations and strengthen the squad.
Gibbs undoubtedly falls into that category as he simply hasn’t developed in the way that the club would have hoped since breaking into the senior side. Wenger has given him plenty of time and patience to find his fitness and form on a regular basis, but it simply hasn’t happened.
As a result, although the French tactician’s stubbornness could see him continue with the same faces next season, there is a valid argument that he should start to make changes.