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Kieran Gibbs is adamant he will not be pushed out of the Arsenal door in the summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The 26-year-old’s long-term future at the club is in doubt after losing his place as the team’s regular left-back to Nacho Monreal.
But a source close to the player has told Football Insider that Gibbs was to stay and fight for his place at the club he joined as a 14-year-old.
Gibbs was part of the Arsenal team that came from behind to clinch a 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Saturday but Arsene Wenger confirmed that he only started because Monreal had a slight calf injury.
It was only Gibbs’ third Premier League start of a campaign that has confirmed he has lost his status as the Gunners’ first-choice left-back.
As reported by Football Insider, Arsenal are ready to cash in on the England international while he can still command a high transfer fee.
They have not attempted to open contract negotiations with the defender even though his contract expires in 2018.
Arsene Wenger and his scouting network are eyeing Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon as possible successors to Gibbs, although neither club are willing to sell. Football Insider revealed in January that Arsenal tried to loan Serge Gnabry to Fulham in part-exchange for highly rated Sessegnon moving to Emirates Stadium.
In other Arsenal transfer news, veteran pair Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky will end their lengthy associations with the Londoners at the end of the season after spending most of the campaign sidelined through injury.