Ryan Giggs' reaction to Gareth Barry breaking his Premier League appearance record

Ryan Giggs' reaction to Gareth Barry breaking his Premier League appearance record”

"It's certainly harder for younger players breaking through now like I did, so it may be tough to beat and the longer I can go it will be tougher as well".

The 36-year-old will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs' record if he features at Arsenal on Monday.

"I believe it's an outstanding achievement", he told a news conference.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry says that he has "massive respect" for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who twice tried to sign him.

"But at the time City was the big investor and so that financial potential was superior to ours at the time".

Arsenal will look to strengthen their near-perfect home Premier League record against West Brom when the teams meet on Monday Night Football.

Only a year ago, he was being hailed as "one of the best English players ever" by then-Everton coach Roberto Martinez, who is admittedly prone to hyperbole, after a man-of-the-match performance against Manchester City in the EFL Cup semi-finals.

Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, chose to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place despite entering the final year of his contract and Wenger has made it clear that the club offering him a new deal is dependent on the midfielder proving his fitness during the course of the campaign.

"He has become an English worldwide here".

He added: "What happened to Kieran Gibbs is he had been bothered [by injury] a few times when he was in front of our players". He had some fitness worries and that stopped him here.

Arsene Wenger admits it will be unusual seeing Kieran Gibbs wearing the opposition shirt when he returns to the Emirates Stadium with West Bromwich Albion on Monday (25 September).

In taking charge of this visit, Tony Pulis will become the first West Brom manager to reach 100 Premier League games in charge of the club.

Danny Welbeck is sidelined with a groin injury and is targeting a return after the worldwide break.

"He's in training and he'll come back to team training today or tomorrow [Friday]", Wenger said of Ozil. "He won't be available for England".

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