Kieran Gibbs
Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs

Kieran enjoyed another impressive campaign and continued to produce assured performances as part of Arsenal's backline. He played 41 times, his best season in terms of appearances to date, and scored an important goal in the Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce.

His pace and composure on the ball made him a valuable outlet going forward, while the defensive side of his game continues to impress.

Kieran Gibbs Profile

Born September 26, 1989
Lambeth, London
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Previous Club(s) Wimbledon, Norwich City (loan)
Arsenal Debut October 31, 2007

Kieran has been with the club since 2004, when he joined from the now-defunct Wimbledon Academy. He began as a winger, moving to left back after a successful loan spell with Norwich City in 2007/08 - the same season that saw him make his Arsenal debut.

He made his full England debut against Hungary in 2010 at the age of just 20, and earned a runners-up medal at the 2009 Uefa Under-21 Championship.

Kieran Gibbs's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007-2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 + 1 0 0 0 1 + 1 0
2008-2009 6 + 2 0 3 + 1 0 5 + 1 0 3 0 0 0 17 + 4 0
2009-2010 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
2010-2011 4 + 3 0 3 0 6 0 4 0 0 0 17 + 3 0
2011-2012 15 + 1 1 4 + 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 20 + 2 2
2012-2013 23 + 4 0 3 0 2 + 1 1 1 0 0 0 29 + 5 1
2013-2014 24 + 4 0 7 + 1 1 3 + 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 + 7 1
2014-2015 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 1
Total 80 + 14 1 25 + 3 2 16 + 4 1 12 + 1 1 1 0 134 + 22 5

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09

August

Kieran made a positive start to the season with an eye-catching display against Manchester City in the Community Shield. But he suffered a hamstring injury against Crystal Palace and was replaced by Nacho Monreal for the games against Everton and Besiktas that followed.

September

Kieran played in three of Arsenal’s games in September as Arsene Wenger continued to show confidence in his first-choice left-back. “The manager’s always remained positive in the team, he's believed in a lot of players and he's given me my career,” Kieran said. "I have him to thank for that, and I have to work my hardest to repay him."

August

Despite suffering a head injury in the first half against Aston Villa, Kieran made an immediate return to the starting line-up in Turkey and opened the scoring after netting Theo Walcott's cross. The 23-year-old played a full 90 minutes in the win against Fulham and came on early in the second half in the 2-0 win against Fenerbache.

September

Kieran started five of Arsenal's six games in September. The left-back performed consistently as Arsenal finished the month on top of the Premier League. "I think the team is just gelling," Kieran said. "We had a strong finish to last season and people could see the players really gel. I think that's happening this season at an earlier stage."

October

Kieran started five of Arsenal's six games in October. The full-back was also called up to the England senior squad for their World Cup qualifiers after a number of impressive performances for his club.

November

Kieran played in five of Arsenal's six games in November and was influential in helping the Gunners keep four of their five clean sheets. After the win over Cardiff City, Kieran said: "We have some big games ahead of us and it was important to get off to a good start. The Christmas period is coming up soon and we have put ourselves in a good position. "The next eight or so games could decide our season so it is important we keep it going."

December

Kieran played in five of Arsenal's seven games in December. His most impressive display came in the final game of the month against Newcastle, when the defence produced one of their best performances of the season to keep a clean sheet.

January

An in-form Nacho Monreal meant Kieran was restricted to just one start in January, which came in the FA Cup game against Coventry City.

February

Kieran's month started with two appearances from the bench before he returned to the starting line-up against Manchester United. A buttock injury sustained in the Bayern Munich game kept the left back out of the final game of the month against Sunderland.

March

Kieran continued to impress in March with six starts out of seven games. The left back further enhanced his defensive credentials with a solid display against Tottenham before he was wrongly sent off in a case of mistaken identity in the defeat at Chelsea. Kieran's suspension was duly upheld and he went on to produce an outstanding display against Swansea where he provided the run and cross for Lukas Podolski to equalise. Speaking after the win in the north London derby, Kieran said: "I think we all know what we're capable of. But a lot of the time we're questioned for our character. "I think today we've proved people wrong and now that's finished we have many big games left in the season and we have to show that character again and again. That's what will lead us to success. "We've had to work really hard and we soaked up a lot of good pressure. We got the goal and in the end won convincingly."

April

Kieran missed the first game of April at Everton but returned to the bench for the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. The full-back replaced Nacho Monreal in the 63rd minute and made a positive impact as Arsenal streamed forward in search of an equaliser. But unfortunately a niggling hamstring injury kept Kieran out of action for the rest of the month.

May

Kieran returned from a minor injury to play 90 minutes against Norwich and the duration of the FA Cup final. Speaking before the final, Kieran said: "We finished higher than we did last year in terms of points and a trophy would add an extra positive feel to our season. "If you feel the pressure it gets the best out of you. We've played under pressure throughout the whole season and it certainly got the best out of us then so we're excited for this game."

August

Kieran began the new season as first-choice left back, helping the team keep clean sheets in their first two matches against Sunderland and Stoke.

September

Kieran again impressed alongside fellow full back Carl Jenkinson in September. He was particularly lively against Southampton, where his two assists helped Arsenal to a 6-1 win. "I always said if I can get a good run of games under my belt, I can always get stronger and hopefully be more consistent - which is what I’m doing at the minute. I’m happy to be fit and I’m happy to be playing," he said.

October

Kieran started the wins over both Olympiacos and West Ham, before picking up a thigh injury at the Boleyn Ground that ruled him out for the rest of the month.

November

Kieran returned from injury to make two appearances in November. He was part of the defence that kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa, and came on as a substitute against Everton.

December

Kieran continued to play his part in December, starting every game except the visit to Olympiacos in the Champions League. The left back signed a new contract with the Club, along with fellow young Britons Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson. "It’s really important that everyone stays focused now," Kieran told Arsenal.com ahead of the Christmas fixtures. "This is the busiest part of the season and if we can keep everyone together through this period and get good results under our belt, it puts us in a strong position for the rest of the season.”

January

Kieran featured in all eight of Arsenal’s games in January, before going off with an injury against Liverpool at the end of the month. The left back scored a stunning volley against Swansea in the FA Cup, the goal capping a fine performance which saw him named man of the match. “He scored a cracker. When he plays with freedom and determination, you see the kind of performances we saw at Swansea,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “That’s what you look for sometimes. He’s getting stronger and stronger. I like when you feel that every year a player makes a step forward in their career.”

February

Kieran missed all of Arsenal’s fixtures in February through injury.

March

After returning from the injury picked up against Liverpool at the end of January, Kieran made his 100th Arsenal appearance when he came on as a substitute against Reading. The defender started at Bayern Munich and also came off the bench against Swansea. The full back drew praise from his manager, who said: “He has improved a lot, has put his personality into the games, which was sometimes a bit of a problem for him. He has authority, he is decisive going forward, and in games where we were struggling a bit like Swansea in the cup he turned up and was the one who brought the pressure on the opponent.”

April

Kieran missed only the victory at Fulham during April. The defender was part of the team that kept a clean sheet in the tense 0-0 draw at home to Everton. “I would say for Gibbs it's the same as it is for Oxlade-Chamberlain because he has improved tremendously this season,” Arsene Wenger said. “October and November was really a springboard for him where he moved forward. He's a candidate for higher up.”

May

Kieran played 90 minutes in Arsenal's two final games of the season. “It was a test of the character that we have [passed] throughout the season really and in the end I think we deserved the win,” Kieran said after Arsenal secured a top-four finish by beating Newcastle United.

August

Kieran started the first game of the season at Newcastle but was withdrawn from the win against Udinese with a hamstring injury and missed the rest of the month.

September

Kieran proved a tough man to displace in the first team and Arsenal were unbeaten when he played in September. It was a milestone month for the young left back as he grabbed his first goal for the Club in the Carling Cup 3-1 win over Shrewsbury. “In pre-season I scored a few and then when the season comes I always come close and never score,” he said. “But my luck has changed."

October

Kieran missed the majority of the month's action with a stomach injury. He started in matches against both Tottenham and Sunderland, helping the Gunners to victory in the latter.

November

Kieran did not feature as he recovered from a stomach injury. The England international underwent surgery on a hernia.

December

Kieran recovered from a stomach injury but picked up a groin problem which ruled him out of a speedy return to action.

January

Kieran continued his recovery from a groin injury before returning to full training at the end of the month.

February

Kieran returned from a four-month lay-off in the Champions League defeat at AC Milan. The young left back also started in the 5-2 win over Tottenham at Emirates Stadium. “At one point we had so many players out, and it just hurt to see the team effectively cut in half,” he said. “It was so frustrating, and when you can’t help the team you almost blame yourself in some ways. You wonder why it’s happening, and just want to get back as soon as possible.”

March

Kieran went from strength to strength after fully recovering from injury to play a key part in Arsenal's excellent seven-match winning streak in the league. He grabbed his first Premier League strike in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa and featured in every one of Arsenal's six matches over the month. "He slowly became himself again and you see that most of the time for a full back with the initiative it takes going forward," said Arsene Wenger. "Defensively in the challenges he is stronger. I still feel there is more to come from him and from game to game there are improvements there. He was transformed into a full back but the natural [ability] always comes out. It is good because we have a game that is based on that."

April

Kieran featured three times over the course of the month, helping Arsenal keep clean sheets against Manchester City and Chelsea. "We have to finish the season strongly," he said. "The way we see it is that if we win our games then we secure our position in third. We shouldn't lose focus now."

May

Kieran made a vital contribution after coming off the bench against West Brom, denying Billy Jones with a last-ditch challenge in injury time. The young left back started the 3-3 draw against Norwich. "The boss has always says, 'you have to be ready when you come off the bench' and Gibbsy made probably made the most important tackle of his career so far," said team-mate Theo Walcott.

August

Kieran made his senior England debut in August. The left back played the second half of the Three Lions' friendly against Hungary at Wembley. He was again selected by Fabio Capello ahead of England's first Euro 2012 qualifiers. He didn't feature for the Gunners in August but Wenger insisted that would change as the season progressed. "We have played two games and Kieran had some niggling problems with his groin that we tried to heal completely before we throw him in," said the manager. "He can play left midfield or he can play left back. He will have his amount of games for me, no doubt about that.”

September

Kieran’s month was disrupted by a foot injury he picked up in the Carling Cup tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. The full back limped off with what Arsene Wenger feared was a broken metatarsal but a scan showed no fracture and Kieran went on to start against Partizan Belgrade. In that game he conceded a penalty that was saved by Lukasz Fabianski and after the game Kieran praised the mental strength of the goalkeeper. “He is a great speaker and he doesn’t hide away. I thought you saw his qualities tonight and he has shown great character.”

October

Kieran suffered yet more bad luck as he limped off after just 18 minutes during the 4-0 Carling Cup win over Newcastle on October 27. He had previously returned from a foot injury and was an unused substitute during wins over Birmingham, Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City. Arsène Wenger predicted that there would be positive news as he waited on results of a scan on his injured knee though the defender missed the rest of the month.

November

Kieran returned to the Arsenal squad for the trip to Everton on November 14 though he was an unused substitute for that game and the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham. He made his first start in three weeks when he lined up against Braga and produced a man of the match performance despite the 2-0 defeat. He came on as an 84th-minute substitute as the Gunners defended their lead against Aston Villa and the defender started the Carling Cup Quarter-Final against Wigan, where he impressed again.

December

Kieran was stretchered off against Partizan at the start of the month with an ankle injury and missed the rest of December. He did however make encouraging progress from the injury and was set for a return at the start of January.

January

Kieran made four starts in January, all in Cup competitions.

February

Kieran made just one appearance in February, starting in the FA Cup against Leyton Orient.

March

Kieran made two appearances in March, starting in the FA Cup against both Leyton Orient and Manchester United.

April

Kieran made just one appearance in April, coming off the bench to help Arsenal to a 3-1 win at Blackpool.

May

Kieran deputised for the injured Gael Clichy and started the final three games of the season.

August

Kieran started Arsenal's 4-1 win over Portsmouth at Emirates Stadium, his only appearance in August.

September

Kieran Gibbs was an unused substitute in five of the Gunners' six fixtures in September. However, the defender played 90 minutes in the 2-0 home victory over West Brom in the Carling Cup.

October

Kieran opened the scoring for England Under-21s as the Three Lions defeated Macedonia 6-3 in a UEFA Championship qualifier. Gibbs also started the games against Birmingham and Liverpool, with manager Arsène Wenger saying this could be a big year for the defender. "It is a big season for Kieran," said Wenger. "For him now it is to consistently play. He will play games this year."

November

Kieran made three appearances for Arsenal in November but limped off with a foot injury in England Under-21s’ 0-0 draw with Lithuania. He returned just a week later against Standard Liege but fractured his first metatarsal in the match, ruling him out for three months.

December

Kieran was sidelined throughout December after he had surgery on an ankle injury sustained in November's 2-0 win over Standard Liege. He is expected to be out until the spring. "Kieran is doing very well," said the Frenchman on December 3. "I had him on the phone and it [his ankle] looked to be completely fine [after the surgery]."

January

Kieran was dealt a massive blow in January when he was ruled out for the rest of the season. The defender suffered a fracture to his first metatarsal on his left foot during the Champions League match game against Standard Liege. The fracture failed to heal satisfactorily and to ensure a complete recovery Kieran underwent an operation in January.

February

Kieran's recovery from an ankle injury continued but there was some good news for the left back when Arsène Wenger admitted that he might return before the summer. “There is a little chance [that Gibbs will be fit before the end of the season] if all goes well now,” said the manager. “I don’t know yet [if he will play enough] because I cannot give you any date of his return to football."

March

Kieran was unable to play in March as he continued his recovery from an ankle injury.

April

Kieran continued his recovery from an ankle injury which has kept him out of action since November.

May

Kieran was an unused substitute in the defeat at Blackburn. It was the first time he had featured in an Arsenal squad since sustaining an ankle injury during a Champions League match against Standard Liege in November. Kieran was also an unused substitute against Fulham on the final day of the Premier League season.

April

Gael Clichy’s back injury meant that April was something of a breakthrough month for Kieran. The youngster played 90 minutes in the last six fixtures of the month, including the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley on Saturday 18. On April 22, Under-18s manager Steve Bould paid tribute to Kieran’s progress. I think Kieran’s progression is an inspiration for each and every one of our kids to see the level that he has reached,” Bould told Arsenal.com. “It gives all of us at the Academy hope – staff included.”

May

Kieran missed the month’s first fixture against Portsmouth but returned to start all four of May’s remaining games. The youngster made a costly slip in Arsenal’s Champions League Semi-Final defeat against Manchester United but received words of support from a lot of his squad-mates. Kolo Toure said: “A mistake can happen to anybody, it can happen to the best players. I think he has been outstanding this season when he has come in and he has played great, great football for us.”