Young Gunner Gibbs raring to go

Gunners youngster Gibbs was demonstrating his potential whilst deputising for regular left-back Gael Clichy before picking up a foot injury in the Champions League clash with Standard Liege last November that was to prematurely end his season.

But after spending six months on the sidelines at Emirates Stadium, Gibbs has bounced back to feature in both of Arsenal's senior friendlies during their pre-season tour of Austria, handing Wenger a timely boost at a time when his squad is bereft of defenders.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.