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Rumour Mill-Double Gunner Loans?

Rumour Mill-Double Gunner Loans?

Media reports suggest that the Clarets are preparing a double swoop for a couple of Arsenal young guns.

The players linked are Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall. Owen Coyle has already had Randall on loan at Turf Moor in 2007/8 and is now reportedly keen on bringing the midfielder back to Turf Moor

England U21 International, Keiran Gibbs has impressed in the top flight with Arsenal and Clarets fans will remember how he kept Chris Eagles quiet in our FA Cup 5th Round clash at the Emirates last March.

It is understood that Arsene Wenger is keen for his young players to get more experience playing at the top level and he is also believed to be an admirer of Owen Coyle and his attacking attitude to football.

Kieran Gibbs has also not dismissed a season-long loan:

'It will be difficult because when you play week-in week-out you get used to it and it would be different coming off the bench again I'm still 19 and he (Clichy) is a world-class left-back. I've still got a lot to learn from him and I don't think it will be too disappointing for me to continue learning from one of the best left-backs in the world.I enjoyed it at Norwich. Would I go again? I would go again if the manager wants me to, if he feels I need more experience before going back in at that level.'

The 19 year old left back made his Premier League debut for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in February 2009, coming on as a substitute for the injured Gaël Clichy. Gibbs then made his first Champions League start for Arsenal in the quarter-final second leg against Villarreal CF in April 2009, which Arsenal won 3-0.

He is probably best remembered though for an unfortunate slip he made in the Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Manchester United. The slip allowed Park Ji-Sung to score a crucial away goal for United after only seven minutes of play to put the Red Devils 2-0 on aggregate with away goals counting double.

Mark Randall is of course no stranger to the Clarets having played ten games for Burnley on loan during the 2007/8 season. He still hasn't really broken through into the Arsenal first team and at 19 may once again be looking to move to another club on loan.

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Date:Friday June 19 2009
Time: 6:29PM


That Gibbs looks a useful player, was impressed with him in the Arsenal tussle at Emirates. Not sure about Randall unless he has come on a bit since he was with us. Thought he looked a bit startled and shell-shocked in the Championship on occasion
19/06/2009 18:33:00
Coyle has said he is looking to bring in 4 new players (was this not 7 last week?) whether these are permanent signings and maybe a few loan signings as well not sure! i have seen Gibbs a few times looks he looks a solid player regarding Randall he did seem to struggle when he was last with us but being in the Prem with more time on the ball may suit him?
19/06/2009 19:03:00
Gibbs defo a gd1
19/06/2009 19:13:00
Agree there 8clarets8, Gibbs could be a good loan signing however Randall doesn't impress me at all, but OC knows what he's doing and I will trust him.
19/06/2009 19:19:00
Gibbs would be good for you (Randall less so because he has practically no Premiership experience and hasn't really improved much this season), but he would play quite a few games if he were to stay at Arsenal as well so I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't go out on loan.
19/06/2009 19:39:00
You heard anything local about this link AF01?
19/06/2009 20:15:00
Not sure Randall is good enough from what we've seen already but young Gibbs is a different matter. Quick, good defender and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders too. Asssuming Jordan and Kalvenes are still involved - and perhaps at least one isn't up to Premier League standards - that would give us three left backs.
19/06/2009 22:40:00
Randall maybe, but, sorry, it's a definite no on Gibbs. He's our back up left back, and Gael Clichy is somewhat injury prone and can't go a full season at his energy level. I suspect Gibbs will start over 30% of our games next season, which will be great for a nineteen year old. Good luck with the rest of your signings though. I'm hoping you stay up.
20/06/2009 01:12:00
Sadly, inclined to agree with gunnerkid that Wenger letting Gibbs go would be a surprise. We need more speed at left and right back. Also agree that Randall may do better in Prem than Championship. I do think we need a bit more depth in the creative department in central midfield. But ????
Couch Potato
20/06/2009 09:30:00
I think Gibbs is quite versatile and can also play a centre midfield position as well as left wing. Normal position now though is left back. Depends I guess if Wenger thinks a loan would develop the player.
20/06/2009 17:36:00
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