"For a long time there was no discussion, it was Ashley Cole for England. Now it's a bit more open," explained Wenger. "Gibbs has such great potential, if he lets it go."
Wenger nurtured the teenage Cole from a forward into one of the world's best full backs and similarly moved Gibbs back when he joined the club as a winger aged 16.
Asked if Gibbs, now 25, can reach Cole's level, Wenger replied: "Yes, it's a good example to follow. When it mattered and when you had to be there, he was always there."
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