By Joe Brewin

Kieran Gibbs hopes his fortune in front of goal for Arsenal may have finally changed for the better.

The young left-back grabbed his first strike in a Gunners shirt in Tuesday night’s Carling Cup victory over Shrewsbury to kick-start the team’s battling victory.

Gibbs says the goal is a weight off his shoulders, having previously been the butt of his team-mates' jokes.

“In pre-season I scored a few and then when the season comes I always come close and never score,” he said. “But tonight my luck has changed.

“After they scored we were just on countless attacks and I thought eventually we would get it. It just came luckily to me and I managed to take my opportunity.”

Shrewsbury proved no pushovers but Gibbs believed it was always going to be a tough fixture against the League Two side.

“It is always difficult when a team comes, just enjoys the experience and don’t really feel the pressure.

“We have the expectation to win and we did that eventually. It took us a while to get into our stride but we got the result eventually.”

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