By Chris Harris
Kieran Gibbs says few teams can live with Arsenal when Emirates Stadium is rocking.
Arsène Wenger’s side have been imperious on home soil in recent weeks, producing high-octane performances to beat Tottenham, AC Milan and Newcastle.
The home fans have responded to Arsenal’s efforts to generate a noisy atmosphere inside the ground and Gibbs says that has lifted the players.
“You can see how much it means to the fans and we need to continue that now to keep the atmosphere going,” he told Arsenal Player.
“When the Emirates is like that, other teams can't play because it is too difficult. We feel like we have a lot more power when the atmosphere is kicking like that.
“It's just been a great turnaround. We took a lot of stick a few weeks back, especially after the defeats in Milan and the FA Cup, but everyone has come together and shown a real [resolve] to turn the season around.”
Arsenal’s fine form has coincided with Gibbs’ return from injury. The England international has missed a large chunk of the season but he believes he can now spot the warning signs with his fitness.
“I think that was the case after my first game back,” said Gibbs. “We were playing a few days later away at Sunderland and I realised then that I wasn't ready to play again so soon. I thought that something would happen because I hadn't recovered quickly enough.
“I was better for it [missing the Sunderland game] because I came back in for the next game against Tottenham and now I feel like I can recover quicker and play consecutively.”
Watch part one of Kieran’s interview on Arsenal Player now. Part two will follow on Monday.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 16 Mar 2012