Kieran Gibbs says that a greater understanding of his body has helped him stay fit for longer this season.

The 24-year-old struggled with injuries during the early part of his career but made 34 appearances last term and has started every Premier League game in this campaign.

I think the most important thing is to enjoy that [competition], as long as it helps the Club then we're both happy

Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs is happy with the consistency of his performances so far and believes he will continue to improve.

"I still feel there's more to come from me," the defender told Arsenal Player. "But I'm happy with my form over the year. Since I came back from injury I feel like I've performed and set a standard. I want to keep that going, I feel it's important to stay fit and keep doing that.

"I've put a lot of work in off the pitch which is helping me - I've only realised in the last year or 18 months how important that is. I just know my body better so it's easier for me to stay fit and recover for the amount of games we play."

Despite being ever-present for the Gunners in the league, Gibbs knows he faces stiff competition from team-mate Nacho Monreal, who impressed against Marseille in midweek.

"He's a top-class player," Gibbs said. "He plays for his national team so I'm aware of his qualities and the more that he puts me under pressure, it makes me perform.

"I know that he's there and ready to step in. There's competition all over the pitch, there's competition everywhere in football and in life. I think the most important thing is to enjoy that, as long as it helps the Club then we're both happy."

Copyright 2014 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 Isaac Moore 29 Nov 2013