Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs full of confidence ahead of Chelsea clash

The left-back has stated that the Gunners have figured out how to win ugly and were ready to face the Blues.

Arsenal’s slim hopes of winning the Premier League title this season will boil down to getting a win over Chelsea this weekend.

Anything other than a home victory for the Emirates Stadium outfit would surely mean the title heading to Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners do not have a good record against Chelsea in recent times, but Kieran Gibbs believes that the North Londoners have learned harsh lessons of late.

The England defender stated that Arsene Wenger’s men had figured out how to win even if they don’t play well, with the result the most important thing against the current Premier League leaders.

“You start to see a team which is picking up momentum even when we’re not playing at our best,” The Mirror quote Gibbs as saying.

“The form we’re in has been the best for a long time so if there was ever a time it would be now.

“Even last weekend in the FA Cup semi final, we didn’t perform how we would want to. But in the past, we haven’t got the result and performed well, people have asked questions of us.

“I think that’s something that’s definitely changed in the team. If we do that this weekend then it does start to put a different label above our heads of who we are.

“To be honest, we’ve performed well in many games this season but the results is where it all boils down to. We’ve finished off the season with positive results which is the main thing.

“I feel the team has just started to realise that the game can be won at any stage with the players we’ve got so we can ride out storms if you like at certain points in the game better. I think that obviously helps.

“If you look at the Manchester games this season when we’ve won at City and United, it’s something we’ve taken on board and changed a lot. Hopefully we can do it this weekend.”

Arsenal were relying on Manchester United doing them a favour last weekend at Stamford Bridge, but an Eden Hazard strike maintained Chelsea’s advantage at the top of the pile.

Jose Mourinho’s men have a ten-point lead over the Gunners at the top of the table, with only five more games left to play before the end of the campaign.

Arsenal are the division’s form team having recorded a winning streak in the second half of the season.

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