Will Kieran Gibbs make the World Cup squad?

It’s a question that is on our lips, in our thoughts, and definitely something we’re debating right now… the big question of whether Kieran Gibbs, literally unheard of this time last year, but now a household name… will the young left back made the England squad for World Cup in South Africa next summer?

So, let’s start by looking at the competition…

Ashley Cole

The ex Arsenal player, and one player whom I have quite a dislike for, is actually is some of the best form of his life. If I am correct, he has scored a few goals for Chelsea this season as well as chipping in with a few assists. He is currently the England first choice, but in my opinion, despite being in the form of his life, he is still bad at positioning and doesn’t always made the right decisions going forward.

Wayne Bridge

Probably in the worst form of his life. Down at Man City, he has been in some really shocking form, and has been criticised heavily in the press and actually all quarters. He’s been caught out of position, and

Stephen Warnock

A former Liverpool academy graduate, he is currently plying his trade at Aston Villa. He was once very highly rated, but stagnated during his at Blackburn. Martin O’Neill rates him highly and if he plays in a good team, then he could capture his early form that saw him play over 60 times for Liverpool…

So, are you thinking what I’m thinking? Wayne Bridge out, Kieran Gibbs in? Although it is Bridge and Warnock that are in the squad for the game tomorrow against Brazil… so there is a lot of work for young Gibbs to do… The young Gooner has been very good both last season, in pre season and this season deputising for Gael Clichy…

Let’s see what Gibbsy thinks about his time so far as he talks about the coaching at Arsenal…

“I think it is changing. There is a new angle coming into the way we are taught to play, especially here at Arsenal.  You always learn first how to play the game technically and the coaches and everyone else at Arsenal really help you with that.  It’s quite hard to get my head around the fact I am now playing in the first team but I couldn’t have done anything without the coaching. It is all credit to them.”

The number 28 also summarised where this new English talent was coming from….

“Hale End is where the English talent develops at Arsenal. Not just me, there are loads of players coming through. Jack Wilshere of course, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Henri Lansbury and there are many others coming through. It is a good place for the young English players to learn their trade.”

Unless, of course, we manage to unearth another English left back from our production line that has seen Cole, Clichy, Traore and Gibbs come through from our academy. To be honest, if I was a young player who thought I could make it at the top, there is only one team I’d sign for given half the chance…

So over to you, do you think Kieran Gibbs will make the World Cup squad?

  • yemi

    i think he can make it, but won’t make it just because of experience not bcos of ability. But who knows, now that clichy is out and gibbs will get a run of 1st team action he might impress capello enough to make the team

  • sam

    Drogba out for 3 weeks! Is it true?

  • TMX

    Hi love the blog never really commented on it before
    but have you seen the live screeening at the emirates for the sunderland game
    is anyone going????
    http://www.arsenal.com/liveawayscreenings?#frm_99

    And I think he should make but capello will only go with the safe choice

  • TMX

    should make it

  • Fabrez

    For me, Gibbs’ chance of goin 2 the WC is directly proportional to Clichy’s time on the treatment table. And yes Sam, sounds as if Drogba is out for 3 weeks with a fracture to one of his ribs… Looks as if both he & Lampard are out v Arsenal…

  • Fabrez

    Oh yeah…and they’ll have no Bosingwa or Ashley Cole… And just a week or so ago I thought Chelsea were far better off than the rest of the Big 4 injury-wise…altho whatever side they play at the Emirates will b a tough one 2 beat.

  • Khai

    any1 pissed off by barca. as much of a footballing team they are, they simply cant shut it about our fabregas. pieces of crap. i hope we beat them in the champs league. hopefully they don’t qualify.

  • Pete

    Rambo is having a lbinding game for Wales against Scotland. Looks like he’s Man Of The Match so far.

    Has the Drogba injury been confirmed? Only seen it in tabloids so far.

  • Fabrez

    No confirmation yet on Drogba…but sounds like it’s true. Then again, u never know rite! Umm…as Pete said, Rambo sounds as if he’s had a MoM performance with a goal as well. I’m looking at Arsh playing…got in a tangle with another player and threw him over! Nice to see Arsenal players being tough! But obviously a bit dangerous bcuz he cud have been sent off 4 that…but he got a yellow card. No injuries plz! Lookin fwd 2 N.I. v France later.

  • sam

    Goal.com is now confirming Drogba news. They’re generally a trustworthy source.

  • Debs

    Loving all the rave reviews about Aaron Ramsey today! :-)
    Apparently if not for the U-21 match today, Gibbs would have made the England squad, so he’s got a real good chance of making it, but as Fabrez said, it depends on how long Clichy’s out for, and ofcourse, if Gibbs doesn’t pick up any injuries!

    This sounds harsh, but I’m also loving all the injuries to Man U and especially Chelsea, seeing as we aren’t picking up as many injuries this time of the season to crucial players (touchwood it remains the same!). Really looking forward to the match against Chelsea now with LOADS of confidence- a Drogba-less Chelsea is always a welcome bonus!

  • Debs

    I cannot believe Fabregas still can only make the bench for Spain- that’s strength in depth, England, if you’re listening! Lol. But at least, there’s less time for Fabregas to get injured, thank God!

  • Debs

    Gosh, I might have spoken too soon! Robin’s being stretchered off at the moment- looks like an ankle injury. Don’t think he’s been subbed yet, so hopefully it’s nothing too serious!

  • Debs

    He’s been subbed just after 14mins, and he was stretchered down the tunnel as well! I’m worried! :-(

  • wills

    So the international curse strikes again!

    Let’s hope it’s not too serious, knowing our luck though, he’ll probably be out for a month!

    Time for Vela and Eduardo to shine.

  • Fabrez

    *sigh* RvP! :(

  • Fabrez

    Kinda thought Vermaelen would score 2nite n he did! Good 4 the Verm! Gutted about RvP tho…

  • Debs

    Vermaelen scoring isn’t even making me feel better about Robin :-( especially as the rumours are that he’s out for 2-3months- torn ankle ligaments :-(

  • Fabrez

    NO WAY!!!! TORN ANKLE LIGAMENTS??? MONTHS??? I don’t feel so good…

  • Fabrez

    I heard it was a bad tackle from Chiellini…RvP looked 2 b in A LOT of pain based on pics I’ve just seen. Noy good :( Edu scored twice…maybe he’ll fill in now… ARGHHH!!!!

  • Fabrez

    *Not good

  • Debs

    Hopefully the scans’ll prove otherwise. I don’t know whether or not to prepare for the worst, whilst hoping for positive news!
    Here’s the link to the tackle-
    youtube.com/watch?v=haoGpaWMaww
    It was a pretty feisty match for a friendly though. Seemed like a play-off tie. Wish they played with less intensity! But I guess you wouldn’t expect any less commitment from both sides.

    Apparently it was Vermaelen’s first goal for Belgium as well!

  • Debs

    Yeah, was actually watching the match live when he got tackled! Was definitely in loads of pain. So early in the match as well!
    Only positive is that we seem to have a squad that might be able to cope with Robin’s absence, although we’d rather not be put in that situation. Unfortunate that Bendtner’s out as well though. Still optimistic for positive news!

  • Fabrez

    Hmm…managed to find it just b4 u posted it…got his right ankle caught…damn!!! I think in terms of numbers, we’ll b able to cope but that class…that extra bit of class he has is kinda irreplaceable. Edu’s got class but RvP is something else! Trying to be positive tho. A month out would be good news I guess!

  • Pete

    Damn it. Hate seeing that kind of thing happening. Still cant work out how he got injured, looks like he turned his ankle on his standing leg.

    SSN are saying they’ll be able to tell how severe the injury tomorrow but early reports aren’t good and theres talk of 2-3 months absense :(

    Bloody international “friendlies”!

  • Fabrez

    The Mail (not too sure how reliable) say 4 months minimum to rest of the season out with what has suspected to be a broken ankle!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was rushed to the hospital seems as if we’ll know more by tomorrow… This is the worst posible news u can get in terms of injuries. I’m so so disappointed :(

  • Debs

    Yeah, read the piece in The Mail as well, but I actually think they’re exaggerating a bit. Worst case scenario in my opinion is 3 months. Didn’t look like a broken ankle to me, but then, you never know!

  • Fabrez

    My opinion is pretty much the same as urs…I think 3 months is what it’s looking like with a bit of exaggeration from The Mail. We shall see!

  • Debs

    Fingers crossed, eh? Here’s hoping for good news tomorrow!

  • Berth

    Time for Arshavin and Edu to raise their games.

  • JDD

    Hopefully Its Just Major Overexageration And Hel Miss A Month Max.Anything Longer Than 2 Months Is Disastrous Becuase He Would Miss Chelsea Twice,Man Utd and Liverpool. Without Him We Lose Loads Of Goals Because He Scored And Set So Many. Hopefully Is Good News. This Is A Clear Reason Why International Friendlies Are A Load Of S**t.No1 Cares About The Result And Players Get Injured Where Are The Benefits??

  • yemi

    we will get through without RVP, edu too is getting impatient so he now has the opportunity to prove his worth again. I heard liverpool want edu, any truth in that?

  • vj

    we need walcott back soon guys with rvp now injured and no B52 till december we best hope arshavin can stay fit otherwise we will be out of strikers, hopefully no more injuries in the next week

  • JDD

    New Attack

    Nasri Song Fabregas
    Arshavin Eduardo Rosicky

    Still Got Walcott,Bendtner,Vela and Vermaelen That Could Play There.

    Altough We Have Backup The Way We Play Will Change Due To Robin ‘ThierryBergkamp’ Van Persie’s Absence

  • Debs

    Haha JDD. I also thought the same- stick Vermaelen up front! Lol

    Plan A worked really well, but now that we’re forced to go onto plan B, let’s hope that works out as well! Kinda looking forward to seeing how we play without Robin!

  • Debs

    Little bit of good news- Robin does not need surgery! But he’s definitely ruptured his ankle ligaments :-(
    I’m not yet sure how long he’s out for though…

  • Debs

    Ramsey’s got a back injury now, according to the SSN news bar. He’s going to miss the U-21s’ mid-week game. Hopefully it’s just a little niggle.

  • Fabrez

    Hmm…4-6 weeks according to van himself! Well that isn’t awful, but bad enuff certainly! If RvP had to get injured, now is kind of a convenient time (well it’s never ever ever a convenient time really!) seeing that there’s this talk of Liverpool wanting Dudu… Dudu can get a run together and hopefully get some form going as well! But of course we would have all preferred to see RvP continuing his gr8 form 4 us! These thinhs happen I guess… Get better even quicker Robin!

  • debs

    Yeah, Fabrez. That’s not too bad! But how I wish the international break was a bit longer this time! Lol. I guess better he’s out not, than that crucial period in the season when we’ve gor Man U, Liverpool and Chelsea pretty close together! It’s not all bad, thank God! :-)