Gibbs says Arsenal made a statement but let down massively in one area

Kieran Gibbs

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs scored against Anderlecht but believes the final ball was lacking throughout the majority of the Champions League game.

If Arsenal must do anything in order to improve their performance level ahead of upcoming fixtures against Sunderland, Burnley and the reverse fixture versus Anderlecht, it is the mastery of delivering a final ball.

That is the opinion of difference-maker Kieran Gibbs, whose superb pin-point side-volley into the bottom right hand corner of the goal in the 90th minute in Belgium earlier this evening, Wednesday, sparked a comeback from 1-0 down to a 2-1 win in the Champions League.

For the majority of the match, though, Arsenal were lacking.

"That was massive so it was a credit to the boys as we didn't give up," said Gibbs to Sky Sports. "We made a statement. It was difficult but we got the result in the end.

"We just knew… we controlled the game, but our final ball let us down massively," the defender conceded. "We had to keep probing and it took till the last minute to get our reward.

"That result puts us in a strong position [to finish top], but we'll see [more clearly] after next week," he concluded.

Arsenal have tallied six points from a possible nine in Group D and are second only to the sole team to have conquered them in Europe this season - Borossia Dortmund, who lead the table by a comfortable three points.

Anderlecht trail second-place Arsenal by five points, meaning that if the Gunners triumph at the Emirates Stadium in a fortnight, then they will be assured of qualification into the knockout stages.

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