Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs comments on playing in a more advanced role

Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs has been used on the left wing from the bench recently by Arsene Wenger and scored in the role against Tottenham.

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has been speaking to the London Evening Standard about the role he's had lately in playing further up the field.

Gibbs has been used more on the left wing in the closing stages of games, with Nacho Monreal preferred at left-back, but playing further forward reaped some rewards in yesterday's North London derby, as Gibbs scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham that kept them level pegging at the top of the Premier League with Manchester City.

Gibbs is quoted in the London Evening Standard, saying: “It has been difficult for the boss with options so in the last few games I have been coming on and I knew, looking across the bench that, probably, even though I’m a defender I’m one of the more offensive players on the bench.

“I was happy to come on in a big game like that and get a goal.”

It is handy for Arsene Wenger to have a player like Gibbs at his disposal. Though the player may not be entirely happy at not featuring regularly in his preferred position - and will no doubt be working hard in order to force his way back into the side - the attitude he has shown to perform a different role to a good standard must be pleasing for the Gunners boss.

No-one knows how big that goal could be in the context of Arsenal's season right now, but it has certainly saved Arsenal fans from being on the end of derby day bragging rights from Tottenham - as the visitors took the lead through a Harry Kane strike. 

In a season where Arsenal will be hoping to mount a serious title challenge, they will not only need depth but versatility as well, and Gibbs seems to be providing that in his role. It will be interesting to see if he continues in this role like he has done recently, or whether he will feature more regularly from the start - either on the wing or in his preferred full-back position. 

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch