Arsenal reject loan offer from London rivals

Arsenal have rejected a loan offer from West Ham for defender Kieran Gibbs.

That’s according to The Standard, who report that the Hammers had identified the English international as the perfect replacement for Aaron Cresswell, who could miss the first 4 months of the Premier League season due to injury.

Gibbs made 15 league appearances last season, but only started 3 of them, after falling behind Nacho Monreal in Arsene Wenger’s pecking order. He did score once though, in the 1-1 draw with rivals Spurs. It was his lowest appearance tally in the Premier League since the 2010-11 season.

But the Gunners have rejected the loan offer for Gibbs, which could force Slaven Bilic’s side to look at other alternatives, with Norwich City defenders Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady being linked.

Gibbs played 4 times for England in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, but was left out of the squad, with Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand getting the nod ahead of the 26-year-old.

West Ham started Sam Byram out of position on the left hand side in their 2-1 defeat to Domzale in the 1st leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifier last week.

 


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