Kieran Gibbs would ‘relish’ chance to play for GB at London 2012

Arsenal full-back expresses his desire to represent Great Britain at next summer's Olympic football tournament

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Kieran Gibbs says he would "relish" the chance to play at the Olympics Photo: The Sport Review

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Kieran Gibbs has admitted he would find it difficult to turn down the chance to play for Great Britain at London 2012.

The Arsenal left-back risks upsetting Gunners manager Arsène Wenger by declaring his desire to be involved after the Frenchman voiced his concern at the Olympic football tournament running so close to the start of the new Premier League campaign.

But the 22-year-old defender has joined the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale in expressing his desire to turn out for Great Britain next summer should he be selected.

“It’s in my home country and is a great opportunity to get involved,” said Gibbs. “I’ve spoken to Aaron about it and would love to play alongside him and others like Gareth Bale. Aaron and I have said it would be strange being on the same team, but not for Arsenal.

“We would both relish the opportunity. As a player you can’t turn down an opportunity like that. Obviously the European Championships are important as well, so I’ll have to respect whatever decision is made. If I had to choose between them I couldn’t.”

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