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Name: Kieran James Ricardo Gibbs
Postion: Left back, left midfield.
Club: Arsenal F.C
D.O.B: 26.09.1989 (Age 20 years old)
Height: 5ft 11in
Kieran Gibbs is a an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal F.C. He was born in the capital of England, London. Kieran started his career with Wimbeldon, until 2004 when the club disbanded. He moved to Arsenal with two team mates.
Kieran made his debut for Arsenal in the league cup against Sheffield United on 31st October 2007. He then moved to Norwich City on loan during the same season for a 6month loan spell where he went on to make 7 apperances.
On his return to Arsenal he made no apperances this season, but the following season was when he got his chance. He made a number of apperances in the 08-09 season, including the costly slip against Manchester United in the Champions League Semi Final first leg. Which give Ji-Sung Park the chance to score after just 7minutes. Gibbs started the 09-10 season in the first team, with Clichy out for several weeks he got his chance, after just a few games young Kieran broke his metartasal which would side line him for the rest of the season.
Kieran has been a member of the England youth teams since a young age. He has made apperances for the England U19's, U20's and U21's. On the 7th August 2010, Gibbs was called up to the England national team for the friendly against Hungary. It is expected Gibbs will only be back up however as Ashley Cole has stayed in the team following the awful World Cup in South Africa.
Kieran has the potential to be one of the best left backs in the country. He is still at a young age of 20, and if he continues to get chances in the Arsenal team, it will be a matter of time until he is first choice for England. I believe Kieran Gibbs will go on to be one of Arsenal's best full backs ever, and the fact he is English helps alot. I hope and believe Kieran will become an amazing player one day.
Full Name: Kieran James Ricardo Gibbs
Position: Left back
Squad Number: 40
There is no question that Arsenal fans love to see young talent being eased into the first team, seeing if they can make it in the Premier League, particularly if they happen to be English. Kieran James Ricardo Gibbs was born in Lambeth, London on September 26th, 1989 and is just one example of the amazingly talented youngsters that are breaking through at Arsenal Football Club as the present time.
Kieran Gibbs began his footballing career at Wimbledon's academy but was picked up by Arsenal after the academy disbanded and he impressed in a trial. At this point, he was playing as a central midfielder and on the left wing.
September 2007 was a great day for Arsenal. This is the date that Gibbs signed professional terms with Arsenal and was given number 40 as a squad number. This was the beginning of good things to come as Kieran made his first team debut as a left back when he started the Carling Cup game against Sheffield United just a month later.
Gibbs is another young player that has profited from the opportunity of going out on loan to a team in a lower division. On the 31st January 2008, Championship side Norwich City snapped Gibbs up on loan for the remainder of the season. During his time at Norwich, Gibbs made just seven appearances due to International duty and slight injuries. But this experience was crucial to his development and on his return to Arsenal reserves, scored.
Gibbs continued his progress, notably in December 2008 when he made his Champions League debut as a substitute for Abou Diaby against FC Porto. A pretty respectable achievement for someone at 18 years of age, I'm sure you'll agree. He went on to make his Premier League debut in February 2009 as a substitute for Gael Clichy in the 4-4 thriller against Tottenham. Since this game, Gibbs has deputised for the injured Clichy when necessary and stepped up to the plate in huge games against all three of Arsenal's main rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
If you aren't an Arsenal fan but have heard of Kieran Gibbs, it is probably due to the vital slip that he made in the Champions League that put reaching the final out of reach within the first ten minutes. But this to me shows that Gibbs has strength of character in abundance, as since that game against Manchester United, he has come back fighting and seem to be stronger than ever. His devastating slip is a painful memory for Gibbs and my heart truly did go out to him but it may well be the making of him. After making the mistake, he instantly had his head in his hands and looked absolutely distraught. But in a strange sort of way, this made me like him even more. This is because I thought it showed how passionate he was about playing for the team and clearly showed, by the tears in his eyes, that he was devastated by the accident that was made.
Nobody blamed Kieran for Arsenal's exit from the competition as Manchester United were by far the better team over the two legs. And after the game, numerous Arsenal players have publicly expressed their support to him, in particular captain Cesc Fabregas and vice captain Kolo Toure. Kieran came back from his mishap against Manchester United fighting, particularly in the FA Cup semi final against Chelsea. The team didn't put up much of a fight, but Kieran Gibbs outshone some of the best players in the world and in my opinion put on a man of he match performance.
At just 19 years of age, Kieran Gibbs is an immense talent. He plays in the left back position but he is extremely versatile and has the ability to play in the centre of midfield and on the left wing as well. He is always alert to attacking possibilities and loves to go forward, getting involved in the creation of scoring goals, even scoring a few himself. He has put on several attacking displays whilst standing in for Clichy whilst keeping his opponents quiet at the same time. He is very intelligent, fast and reads the game excellently.
Kieran Gibbs has been a highlight in what has been a disappointing season for Arsenal Football Club. He has deputised magnificently for Gael Clichy and has been one of the only positives this season. Kieran has made fine progress, always providing exciting yet assured performances. He is a left-back in the mould of Gael Clichy/Ashley Cole which is a pretty frightening thought for opponents as they are possibly two of the best left-backs in the world at this moment in time.
Gibbs is a converted midfielder who has the ability to cross the ball accurately. He is superb at going forward, a great one on one defender and surprising strong considering his age and small frame. He has played a number of big games this season which will have been a huge learning curve for him. Since joining the first team, you can see clearly that Gibbs has improved significantly and gained a great deal of confidence whilst doing so. His improvement is evident in that fact that he is now first choice left-back for Stuart Pearce's Under 21 side. This shows just how far Gibbsy has come.
From what I've seen of Kieran playing in the reserves, out on loan and for Arsenal's first team, he has very few weak areas. Areas in which Gibbs does need to improve is tracking runners and working as a unit but both of these things will come with time and experience. As he started out as left winger, you can see that his defending still needs improving but he definitely seems to have what it takes to make the first team in the coming years. He lets the attacker cut inside him a little easier which tends to cause him a few problems.
What is the next step for Gibbsy? This is a really tough call. Arsene may decide to keep him at the club and utilise him as an understudy to Clichy for another year. This would be a good opportunity as not many lads his age get to train on a daily basis with one of the worlds best left backs. The other option would be for him to have another loan spell, perhaps for a top Championship side or even one in the Premier League. This would be a fantastic chance for him to get first team football on a regular basis.
I have a really good feeling about young Gibbs and believe that if the rule whereby you have to have 6 English players comes into play, I would happily have Kieran as one of these. He has the potential to become a great player for Arsenal, succeeding the current left back Gael Clichy in two or three years. And as Kieran is a very diverse player, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if as his career develops, his position changes, perhaps moving back into midfield.
He has made an extremely positive start to his Arsenal career and I can only see things getting better from him. Perhaps we'll see Gibbs as a surprise inclusion in Fabio Capello's world cup squad next year. Who knows? When Clichy is back to full fitness, Gibbs will be challenging him for the first team left back spot so Gael Clichy, watch your back. Gibbs wants your spot!