PHOTO: Arsenal 'warrior' Gibbs reveals pre-season training secret

Kieran Gibbs

Left back Kieran Gibbs has published a photograph that demonstrates how he is getting ready for the new Premier League season.

Yoga was cited as one of the key reasons for the career longevity Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs enjoyed as a player.

Last year, the Welshman - now assistant manager at Old Trafford - said: "You can feel it working and you can feel the benefits straight away. My body feels so much better having done the yoga.

"I still get the odd hamstring strain, which you are going to get playing football, but it wasn’t about curing the problem, but making it less frequent. I wish I had done it from the start of my career."

Arsenal full back Kieran Gibbs may not be at the embryonic stage of his development, but at 24-year-old he has taken up yoga far sooner than Giggs did, who revealed it's benefits for a footballer last year.

  Club (2013-14)Touch /AppPass AccDribble /AppCross AccTackle /AppClear /AppIntercept /AppClean SheetAppMin
Gibbs Arsenal 62.11 79.52 1.57 16.90 2.43 4.25 1.89 8 28 2,055

For Gibbs, who has been hampered by a variety of injuries - mostly muscular - yoga could, according to Giggs' logic, be crucial in staying injury-free for longer.

In the past five years, Gibbs has suffered groin strains (x 3), knee complaints, thigh muscle issues (x 2), hamstring injuries and calf strain (x 2).

Perhaps benefiting from his omission from England's underwhelming World Cup campaign, the Arsenal defender has instead been in Portugal, practicing Yoga (the above pose is called The Warrior), detoxing and juice-dieting.

Arsenal's first game of pre-season is on July 26 at the Red Bull Arena as the Gunners take on Thierry Henry's New York MLS side.

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