Another left-back linked as Arsenal eye Celtic youngster

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While much of the focus this transfer summer will be on what Arsenal do in terms of attackers and midfielders, there’s work to be done at the back too.

Kieran Gibbs is hotly tipped to be a summer departure as he looks to play regular football again having fallen behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order. The Spaniard is no spring chicken though, and at some point a succession plan has to be put in place.

Monreal signed a new deal in January, but having back-up for him if Gibbs go is one of the key issues this summer.

Already we’ve been linked with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, while Portuguese full-back Raphael Guerreiro, currently playing for Lorient, is also a reported target.

Today, we add another name to the list as the Daily Record says that Arsenal scouts have been watching 18 year old Celtic talent Kieran Tierney. The 18 year old made 34 appearances for the SPL Champions last season, and would fit the bill in terms of profile – someone who could understudy Monreal for a couple of seasons, and develop into a first team player.

However, a fee of around £10m seems a bit high. As such we’re giving this one a six on the transfer poo-o-meter (where 1 is a rock solid no wiper and 10 is a flaming hot torrent of lava that scorches your ringpiece on the way out).

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HIghland Gooner
HIghland Gooner

Quality player – similar to Monreal in that he doesn’t over commit in attack, so could work well with Bellerin. Good crosser and very strong in the tackle. 6 foot 2 and quick with it. I’d be very happy with signing him, though I’m not sure he’d want to give up first team football at Celtic yet – he’s a lifelong Celtic supporter.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

But his name’s Kieran! Just like Gibbs! We could have a younger, whiter Gibbs, better in every way!

Racist jokes aside, I don’t think Gibbs will be allowed to leave, it’s too contrary to what Wenger has been building these past few years. In my opinion, Gibbs should be held on to for at least one more year before a decision is made by either the player or club. He’s only 26, so selling him at 27 means we’ll recoup a good fee if he has more chances to perform. Also If Monreal leaves after next season, there will be more opportunities for Gibbs to just seize his chance.

I do rate him highly-he has good pace, decent tackling, decent crossing, but most importantly and understanding of Wengerball and I think he’s a fantastic left back for our future. It would be unwise to let him, despite the recent paucity of his appearances, since he’s been given so much time to understudy Monreal. I hope we get to see what he’s capable of over the next two seasons.

austriker
austriker

I was just thinking about this the other day. What about Gibbo? Wouldn’t it be in place to actually start rotating him into the team for real? El grande Nacho is 30. It would be such a shame to let Kieran go, a long time Arsenal player, loves the team and has always been working hard. He is quality and I reckon with enough of confidence of starting and routine first team game time he could be great.

Mr. G
Mr. G

I’m afraid I disagree. While he certainly has the quality to be a good Premier League left back, but with his often-suspect defensive positioning (he gets caught too far upfield too often) and average delivery in the final third, I think he’s just short of the level a top club like Arsenal needs. If he wants to stay as backup, great, but I think he’ll leave to play regular football.

I will always love him for that goal-line clearance in the FA Cup final against Hull though. Kieran always gave 100% for us when he played, is a fan and has been proud every time to pull on the shirt. I wish him nothing but the best and hope he’s a success wherever he goes (plenty of PL clubs will be interested). But after pretty much two seasons as Monreal’s backup (and it should be noted that he hasn’t complained, at least in public, and his remained a team player throughout it all) at an age where he really should be playing regularly, moving on is the best thing for him and his career.

Goontang
Goontang

Couldnt agree more. When nacho first arrived it was gibbo that kept him out of the team for the majority of the season and most people thought he wouldnt make it with us.

Look what happened and now its been a sensational 18 months for nacho. Abit more rotation next season and there’d be no reason why gibbo has to leave. I cant imagine we could buy better then him either thats willing to fight it out for his spot. He’s arsenal through and through, i would be surprised if he leaves.

JB
JB

I think, unfortunately, there are also a lot of injury question marks over Gibbs still too.

Mississippi Gunner
Mississippi Gunner

Holy shit. I genuinely cannot stop laughing at the last bit. Gotta love a rock solid no wiper

AusDrexler
AusDrexler

The main football website in Australia last week suggested Tom Rogic from Celtic was also an Arsenal target. Theworldgame doesnt usually post shit so there must be some background noise there.
Anyone heard anything?

goonero
goonero

First time in a long time we haven’t had an exciting prospect waiting to come through at left back, it’s a position we’ve had decent fortune with over the years. As much as Gibbo is an Arsenal man, he’d be silly to spend another season on the bench when at his age he should be at the peak of his powers. This is part of why I can’t believe Arsene was being honest with his “3 transfer targets” story. If we include a leftback, a rightback, at least 1 midfielder and at least two forwards that’s a minimum of 5 players we’ll need and even that is conservative because it’s assuming we keep players like the Ox and Campbell this summer.

gooner1981
gooner1981

I think 3 transfer targets would be the aim, if only Flam, Rosicky and Arteta have left this summer. If Debuchy, Gibbs, Theo, Ospina or anyone else leaves, we certainly shall need to replace them, or promote someone from the youth teams. We also have our loan stars coming back, and guys like Jenkinson, Scz, Sanogo and Hayden will be evaluated before any further signings are made. I just hope we sign people early, like Bayern did, to give them time to settle in…

Indian Gooner
Indian Gooner

I don’t think Arsene’s going to let Gibbs leave, and for me he deserves to stay.
He is Arsenal through and through.His celebration with Wilshere on the sideline was special to watch wasn’t it?
Classy Lad.

AngelGooner
AngelGooner

Exactly – still seems pretty invested in the club if he celebrates like that! Let’s hope he stay on and fights for that first team spot

Miranda
Miranda

Ten million for an eighteen-year-old fullback from Celtic’s academy? Haven’t we already got better in our own academy, not to mention in Gibbs? If not, I can’t believe there aren’t kids with equal potential, plus a much better technical education, to be found practically anywhere in Europe available for less than a million. When was the last time Celtic’s academy produced a good player? So poor has Scottish football become the Scottish clubs themselves have had buy in talent from elsewhere, e.g. the excellent Virgil Van Whatsit whom Celtic got from the Netherlands and sold on to Southampton and who I used to think would have done nicely for us.

Lunacy, but you can’t blame Celtic for trying it on, I suppose, so desperate have they become.

On the subject of our academy and the Netherlands, I’d like to know the situation with Jonker. A couple of weeks ago Jeorge Bird suggested he was going to be sacked for getting poor results. This looked like complete nonsense to me, a non-story regurgitated from the Star, which in turn had regurgitated a report in the marginally more reliable Sun and then added a bit of its own. What the Sun said was that Jonker might – but only might – want to leave now his colleague, De Kat, was going back to the Netherlands. Nothing whatsoever about him being sacked, let alone about getting poor results (which haven’t anyway, at least in my view, been particularly poor). If I’ve maligned Jeorge Bird’s report and it was based on inside knowledge, as opposed to the Star, could he tell us if there have been further developments? Is Jonker getting the push or isn’t he? If he is, who is being lined up to replace him? Seems to me it would be madness to blow 10m on an academy kid right now. Surely better, if we are appointing a new director of youth development, to wait until he is in place and can be consulted about such a big-money signing?

Jimbo1
Jimbo1

When was the last Scotsman to play for Arsenal. Charlie Nicholas? It is about time.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I’d wager it was Paul Dickov.

Themerse1985
Themerse1985

Pretty sure it was Scott Marshall. Didn’t he score vs Newcastle around 95-96ish?

The Power of Merse
The Power of Merse

Nah! Scott Marshall. I thought he would be the Scottish TA for about two or three weeks.

The Power of Merse
The Power of Merse

Oops did that twice as the first time reported an error sorry blogs. Plus then I switched names and changed the comment. Ah well…

broken red army
broken red army

the best young left-back I’ve seen in a while is Bologna’s Masina. especially his defensive side of play. he is really something!
and most complete left-back (who is not already playing for a big team) Wolfsburg’s Rodriguez.

xi
xi

If we’re really letting Gibbo go, Jose Gaya of Valencia would be a great addition. A left legged Bellerin really, in his own words “He is the left back at Valencia and he is my age. Last year was his first season and he had a very good season as a very attacking left back. His game is similar to mine. I have played with him since Under 16s for the national team and he is a player that I think will go really far in his career.” Hmmm

Neil #2
Neil #2

Too bad we missed out on that other Scottish player…..Van Dijk.

Neil #2
Neil #2

sorry — I meant other player from the Scottish league

broken red army
broken red army

you are forgiven.

The Arse in Namib (AITG)
The Arse in Namib (AITG)

Instead of a small cartoon turd with eyes why not go the whole hog and use a picture of Donald Trumps head for your shitometer?
In its favour, his barnet has a twirl that would make Mr Whippy smile,he is known for being a complete shithead and Donald Dump is a well known pseudonym.
Or is arseblogg scared that getting involved in the US election could sour our special relationship a la Cameron? Especially when the US is the only country to bother about FIFA thieving; Dump may claim that the US is the New ‘soccer’ capital of the world.