'Million thoughts went through my head' - Arsenal star on injury turmoil

Kieran Gibbs has been speaking about his long battle with injury in his relatively short career.

Arsenal take on Liverpool this evening at The Emirates, and for the neutral hope will be high that the game can live up to the same fixture last season.

On that day Arsenal fought back from 2-0 down, after Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson had given Liverpool the advantage, to earn an exciting 2-2 draw in North London.

That game was also memorable for being the last game for Arsenal ever played by possibly their worst ever, and I use the term loosely, ‘left-back’.

Andre Santos started the game, and he put in a shocking display - in particular with his comical attempt at shrugging Jordan Henderson off the ball for the second Liverpool strike.

Today they face them with a much more competent player in the position, Kieran Gibbs, who after battling with injuries for most of his career, is finally getting to the point where he is a consistent and integral part of the Arsenal machine.

Ever since Eliaquim Mangala went through him with a nasty challenge playing for Standard Liege he has really struggled with metatarsal problems, and speaking to the International Business Times today he went into depth over the injury turmoil that has unfortunately blighted his career:

''There was one point when I had a scan and I was just waiting for the doctor to say it was all clear. He rang me and said, 'Look we are having a bit of trouble, mate'. I just thought, 'Oh God, what is he going to say? Is he going to tell me I can't play again?' A million thoughts went through my head before he said, 'You just need another surgery and we should be able to get through it',"

It has taken him a while but it finally seems as if Kieran Gibbs has come through the worst of his injury struggles. Now he is holding off Nacho Monreal for the starting berth at left-back, and some even feel he is knocking on the door for an England recall - with the unfortunate situation being Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole being his competition.

But at least he is fit and ready for Liverpool today - so The Gunners don’t have to put up with Andre Santos on this occasion.

Can Gibbs be Arsenal left-back for the next ten years?

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