Kieran Gibbs has been omitted from Arsenal’s tour squad amid speculation he could leave the club this summer.
- Gibbs has been linked with Watford, Stoke and Brighton
- He looks set to leave Arsenal after the arrival of Sead Kolasinac
Arsenal have taken three left backs with them to Australia, but despite taking part in training last week, Gibbs wasn’t one of them.
ESPN believe his omission could mean that he’s been given time to find a new club and sort out a transfer.
There was speculation Gibbs could leave the club this summer as Sead Kolasinac’s arrival pushed him further down the pecking order.
Watford, Stoke and Brighton have all been linked, but have been put off by Arsenal’s initial £15m asking price.
With the player left in England, though, we could see some progress made on a move.
Gibbs is one of the longest serving players at Arsenal, having made his first team debut in 2007 against Sheffield United in what was then known as the Carling Cup.
He became Arsenal’s first choice left back in 2011 following the departure of Gael Clichy.
However, a combination of injuries and indifferent form saw Arsenal sign Nacho Monreal in 2013, and the Spaniard has pretty much been first-choice ever since.
Now 27, Gibbs will have to leave the club if he wants to play regularly again, especially if he wants to have any chance of going to next summer’s World Cup with England.