With Arsene Wenger set to stay at Arsenal for another two years, the north London club will have a clear-out of players as they mount a challenge for the Premier League title next season.
One of the Arsenal players Rafa Benitez has been reported to be interested in is left-back Kieran Gibbs and he would bring experience to the back at Newcastle and likely become the starter at left-back if we can sign him.
The news is that West Brom have entered the race to sign the 10 times capped England International, with Brighton and Newcastle the other two PL clubs interested.
27 year-old Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs is simply not getting enough playing time at Arsenal as Spanish International Nacho Monreal has nailed down the left back spot at Arsenal for the last few seasons.
One of the things that concern us about Kieran is his injury record and he’s been affected by injuries over the last few years which have also hindered his goal to be the Arsenal number one left-back.
One of the many things Rafa has shown last season is he is quite expert in injuries and he magically had a first season of relatively few injuries to his players last season.
That’s a lot better than Newcastle have fared in the previous 10 years or more – when we were always top of the Premier League Injury table.
It will be interesting to see where we end up in the particular league by next May.
If Rafa is really interested in the player and it looks like he is – then he will have already weighed up his injuries and thinks they are not a big problem.
Kieran has just one year left on his contract so Rafa and Lee Charnley should be able to get a good deal on the left back.
He is the type of player who is hungry to prove himself and he would get a chance to do that on Tyneside.
What do you think?