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Today’s topic is:

Who really is better – Gibbs or Santos?

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Both are currently injured as Arsene Wenger searches for a ‘quick fix’ replacement, but when the dust settles and Andre Santos and Kierran Gibbs are available, who at all should be Arsenal’s No. 1 left-back?

Gael Clichy’s move to Manchester City left that void wide open, and that summer exit might have been delightful for those who felt the Frenchman was declining in form.

But Clichy’s departure has caused a dilemma over who Wenger should deploy at left-back more often – in case the boss opts to use Vermaelen primarily as a centre-back.

Andre Santos can be found wanting in defense sometimes, but he is good as a forward when he attacks. The former Fenerbache man showcases a touch of Brazilian skill and classy finishing in front of goal. And that, for Wenger’s attacking-minded tactics, is always ‘bingo!’. Then there is Gibbs, who is more dynamic as an attacking threat from full-back compared to Clichy – since he does not limit himself to just crosses from the flanks – but the Englishman, truly defends with his pace and that is not always enough to stop the opposition.

Incidentally, since Santos’ arrival happened during Gibbs’ lay-off, both defenders have never been available at the same time for selection.

They have been injured at the same time – with Gibbs the prime ‘Mr. injury-prone’ – but who do you really fancy to be Arsenal’s first choice left-back between the two?

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