Nacho Monreal has been in fantastic form recently and Arsenal look to have outgrown England international Kieran Gibbs.
At the start of the season, Gibbs looked to have the edge on Monreal in Arsene Wenger’s side as the Englishman was given the nod over the Spaniard on the opening day to start at left-back.
An injury paved the way for Monreal to stake his claim in the following two games, however, he was moved to centre-back once Gibbs returned to the fray.
The situation couldn’t have been much more different since the turn of the new year, which incidentally has coincided with the Gunners’ upturn in form. The 29-year-old Spaniard has cemented his place in the left-back role in Wenger's side and Gibbs has only played 289 minutes of Premier League football in 2015.
How does this affect Gibbs’ future?
At 25, it’s fair to say Gibbs shouldn’t be expected to develop much further and he may well have reached his peak.
He has unquestionably stagnated in his performances over the past 12 months and now Monreal has shown how good he can be when given a run of games, Gibbs’ future at the Emirates doesn’t look too great.
Nevertheless, the demand for English players and left-backs in the Premier League should stand the defender in good stead if he wants to move on.
The reputation he has made for himself at Arsenal, while not outstanding, should be able to see him seal a move to an established Premier League club like Newcastle United, West Ham United or even Swansea City.
If Arsenal are to progress with Monreal at left-back and potentially add another full-back in the summer transfer market then it would be best for all parties if Gibbs looks to finally fly the nest.