By Joe Brewin

Kieran Gibbs dedicated his first Premier League goal to his late grandfather after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Gibbs’ first-half strike sent Arsène Wenger’s side on their way to a seventh straight victory, extending their lead over Tottenham to three points in the process.

The left back scored his first career goal in the Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury earlier in the campaign and devoted this strike to his watching family.

“I just said hello to my Grandad [Jim],” said the England international. “He passed away when I was nine, about 11 years ago now. He was a scout for Arsenal and a big fan, like the rest of my family. I hope it was a proud moment for them.

“It was strange to score, but it was about time. I’m not sure how many games I have played now, but it's always nice to help out the team. I’m just happy to be back playing, we have turned things around dramatically and I'm happy to be part of it.

“I scored goals for the reserves but hadn't done much since becoming a left back and getting into the first team. I'm just happy to help the team and it was another good win for us.”

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25 Mar 2012