Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has spoken publicly for the first time since losing his place to Nacho Monreal in the starting XI.
Gibbs hasn’t started a league game since the New Years Day defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s and with all the focus on Szczesny losing place, it is clear to see that Wenger hasn’t been happy with the England man’s form too.
Monreal, who has been solid in that time, was probably our best player in the defeat to Spurs as he completely marked Erik Lamela out of the game.
For Gibbs though, the task is simple, reclaim his position when he gets the chance.
“It’s the same as last year, when I was playing a lot and other players weren’t,” Gibbs told Arsenal.com
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“You have to respect that, know what it feels like. I have to take my chance when I get it and I’m excited for that challenge.
“It’s never easy but I think it’s something that once you mature, you realise quickly the better you’ll become when you do get the opportunity.
“You have to realise that playing for a club like this is a special thing. It doesn’t get a lot easier, but it’s something that many players have to deal with.”
At this moment in time, Gibbs may have to settle for the odd cup game with a home tie against Middlesbrough on the horizon a likely target.
Monreal seems to have added to his game what many fans feel Gibbs lacks – aggression. The Spanish international seems to be authoritative in the duels and his presence is felt by opposing players.