Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal’s first choice left back, has been plagued with quite a few injuries of late. This season as well, he was unfit and only just returned to full fitness. It was a timely return however, as with Nacho Monreal unfit, Gibbs is our only senior defender. He has always been supported by Wenger, through all his injuries; and now he says that the time has come to repay the trust with some strong performances.
The Arsenal manager celebrates 18 years in charge on Wednesday, and is credited with bringing through a host of youngsters during his time at the club. The 25 year old Gibbs is one of his biggest success stories.
I met him when I was just 16 and in that time obviously I’ve got to know him a lot better. It’s a credit to be part of what he’s doing with the club, and I feel proud.
He’s always remained positive in the team, he’s believed in a lot of players and he’s given me my career. I have him to thank for that, and I have to work my hardest to repay him.
Gibbs also spoke of the importance of winning the Champions League fixture against Galatasaray to keep Arsenal’s European campaign on track.
Especially at home, we need to continue that [consistency in the Champions League] and get back on track.
I think it is important to remember how hard we have worked to get to this level. We are not in this competition just to take part – the squad believes we can do something special and we need to get back on track.
The Gunners view this game as a must win fixture in order to finish on top of the group. After an opening loss to Dortmund, Wenger needs to win as many games as he can to ensure top spot and a relatively easier opponent for the knockout stages.