Gibson could solve some of Arsenal’s defensive woes

Fresh from a 10-2 Champions League aggregate drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich, Arsenal have problems aplenty.

The future of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger remains an issue that fans are divided on, Alexis Sanchez is clearly less than happy where he is and now there’s the issue of goals being leaked on the big occasions – Liverpool put three past the Londoners on Saturday, too.

Reports from the London Evening Standard have revealed that Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson is being eyed by Arsenal, and his stats this season suggest he could plug some gaps.

Okay, there are caveats such as the sheer quantity of problems he’s had to deal with at the Riverside Stadium, but with the Gibson part of a defence that have conceded just 30 times in 27 games – fewer than fourth-placed Liverpool – he’s clearly performing well. Indeed, he’s made a whopping 156 clearances, put in 40 interceptions, won 33 aerial duels and not committed a defensive error, all while completing 85% of his passes.

Maybe an underwhelming target on first glance, Gibson could be a wise purchase.

 


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