Kieran Gibbs has revealed his target for the rest of the 2014/15 campaign.
25-year-old England international Gibbs has enjoyed a solid year with Arsenal, making 26 appearances in all competitions, and he has told the Standard what he intends to achieve before the end of the season.
A player known for an unfortunate history with injury, Gibbs has spent a much more consistent amount of time in and around the first-team this term, although he did have to put up with the form of Nacho Monreal earlier in the campaign, with head coach Arsene Wenger favouring the Spaniard at left-back after a series of good performances. Gibbs made 41 appearances in all last season and, although he may not reach that tally this term, he is starting to find a role far away from the injury-hit replacement option he was usually seen as in his early years at the Emirates.
Should he continue at his current injury-free rate he will pass the 30-game mark for the third season in a row, having never managed more than 22 games in one campaign in his first five years since breaking through from the Arsenal academy and into the first-team.
When asked to address his former fitness issues by the Standard, a man with six international caps to his name said: “I am nearly there in terms of being completely fit. I am not going to say I am completely over injuries because otherwise I’ll jinx it.”
Whereas most players set seasonal targets to reach a number of goals or assists for their team, Gibbs has revealed what he intends to achieve by the end of the campaign, admitting that finishing a full season injury-free is his main ambition.
“I have got targets in my head,” he added. “I don’t do it as a season. I do it in two halves.
“The next few months are massive for me to show I can put a whole season together rather than just one half of one season and another half of another season. That’s where I am at the moment. I want to make sure I have a strong end to the season so that I can then look back on it and push on.”