Although it was probably his best performance so far this season, he was still out of his depth and was roasted by Dries Mertens all evening down the left-side. Nacho Monreal replaced the England international after the hour mark and did a better job keeping the Belgian quiet, and it is the Spain international that should be starting for Arsenal week in week out, not the former Norwich City man. Against City, Gibbs will have to face the likes of Milner, Zabaleta and even David Silva running down his flank, and considering Gibbs’ tendency to be caught out of position, starting Monreal might be a good idea for Wenger.
Giroud should not be benched for a bad performance against Napoli, as he was probably the Gunners’ best player on the night, but he did look fatigued, and lacked the extra yard of pace when chasing Miguel Britos. The France international deserves a rest, and with Nicklas Bendtner back at full fitness, Arsene Wenger has an able replacement at his disposal and should give him a run, and Giroud a rest in the near future.