Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has acknowledged the team’s strength in depth and states he is willing to fight for his place in the side, the Daily Star report.
The 25-year-old has not started a Premier League encounter since New Year’s Day as boss Arsene Wenger opts for Spanish international Nacho Monreal.
However, he is not yet ready to give up the fight for the Gunners’ left-back slot and has told reporters he is excited by the challenge of winning back his place in the team.
"At some stage you're going to have to fight for your place. It's the same as last year, when I was playing a lot and other players weren't,” he explained.
"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."
Gibbs has been heavily involved for much of the season, starting 14 Premier League fixtures and five of the Gunners’ six Champions League group stage matches.
Yet, over the past five weeks he has featured for just six minutes, coming on as a late substitute in the 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
A player in his position can normally go two ways, embrace the challenge of having strong competition or shirk from the responsibility and in some cases sulk, possibly damaging squad harmony.
Fortunately for Wenger and the Emirates support, it appears they can count on a player who understands his predicament and is willing to go that extra yard in order to win his place back.