2013/14 English Premier League
Gibbs was propelled into the national consciousness when, at the age of 20 and with only 11 Premier League appearances behind him, he was named by Fabio Capello in a new-look England squad to face Hungary in August 2010. Gibbs has followed Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy in the recent tradition of promising left-backs emerging from the Arsenal ranks.
But Gibbs, who joined the Gunners from Wimbledon when their academy disbanded and the club became MK Dons, actually first appeared as a winger in the Emirates Cup of 2007 when he produced an admirably mature performance against Inter Milan at the age of 17. Two League Cup appearances and a loan spell with Norwich followed, before his breakthrough season came in 2008-09 as he made 21 appearances in all competitions, taking advantage of Clichy's injury problems.
After attracting praise for some impressive performances at the back, Gibbs' mental strength was tested to the full in May 2009 as his slip allowed Manchester United to score an early goal in the second leg of a Champions League semi-final tie at Emirates Stadium, fatally undermining Arsenal's hopes of progress. He returned stronger the following season when injury again laid Clichy low and had a serious foot injury sustained in a Champions League tie against Standard Liege in November 2009 not ruled him out for a prolonged spell, Gibbs may well have travelled to the 2010 World Cup.
Clichy's departure to Manchester City in the summer of 2011 opened up the door to for Gibbs to be a regular starter at Arsenal but he has continued to struggle with injury problems. Gibbs made just 15 Premier League starts during the 2011-12 season. He scored his first league goal against Aston Villa in March 2012 and became a fans' favourite when he crucially blocked a shot by West Brom's Billy Jones to ensure that Arsenal finished ahead of Tottenham and secured a Champions League position.
The 2012-13 campaign was Gibbs' finest to date and he established himself as one of the best left-backs in the country despite the odd niggle and the arrival of Spanish international Nacho Monreal from Malaga in January.
Strengths: Quick, bright and with a tendency to attack that stems from his midfield origins, Gibbs is the archetype of the modern full back; his positional sense and defensive nous are improving all the time.
Weaknesses: Gibbs is not yet a master of the defensive arts and is prone to injury.
Career high: Being named in Fabio Capello's first England squad following the 2010 World Cup finals.
Career low: Slipping on the Emirates turf and allowing Park Ji-Sung to score for Manchester United in a Champions League semi-final tie in 2009. Style: Dynamic, energetic, adventurous, a promising full back.
Quotes: "For me he will be the next England left-back. He is already a top-class player and has great potential. I know he is great player and he is a great left-back. He always gives 100 percent." Bacary Sagna praises his young team-mate.
Trivia: Gibbs has a twin brother named Jaydon who has played non-league footbball for the likes of Guildford City and Aldershot Town.
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