By Chris Harris
Kieran Gibbs believes that Arsenal's full backs can provide extra ammunition for the first team this season.
The England international is hoping to return from a hamstring injury when the Gunners resume their Premier League campaign against Swansea City on Saturday, although he now has new signing Andre Santos competing for his starting berth.
Both Gibbs and Santos are known for their attacking prowess down the left and Arsène Wenger has options on the other flank too with another new boy, Carl Jenkinson, providing competition for Bacary Sagna.
Whoever gets the nod this weekend, Gibbs feels that the full backs can make a big impact at both ends of the pitch.
"I like to help when I can [going forward]," he told Arsenal Player, speaking before the international break.
"We can do a lot of damage to teams, me and Bac and the others, when we play. We play very high up and we like to play that type of football. Hopefully we can make it even more effective this season.
"I’ve been playing at left back for two years now and it is something that you have to keep learning and keep progressing with. The more I play, the more I will get used to that role.
"You have to be more concentrated [as a full back], especially with the formation that we play. We are an offensive team and we play exciting football, so we have to be more aware defensively."
The full interview with Kieran is now available on Arsenal Player. Speaking before the international break, Kieran discussed: the departure of Gael Clichy, his development at left back, playing FIFA during pre-season and more.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 5 Sep 2011