By Rob Kelly
Kieran Gibbs believes Arsenal’s successful use of the pressing game is behind their recent resurgence in the Premier League.
The Gunners have won their past five league matches and now lie just one point behind third-placed Tottenham with 10 games left this season.
Gibbs says the way the team are approaching their defensive duties in each match is making life difficult for their opponents.
“There are a lot of players putting a lot of effort in, especially off the ball, and that is great to see,” he told Arsenal Player.
“When we put pressure on teams high up the pitch and early on in the game, it is difficult for them to play and we can control the game a lot easier.
“We are enjoying doing that at the minute and we have to enjoy defending as well. It's alright just having the ball, we know what we can do to create chances and score goals. That [the defensive side] is the big improvement we have made over the last few weeks.”
Gibbs says the last-gasp victory over Newcastle last week encapsulates the team’s never-say-die mentality at present.
“In previous seasons you wouldn't have thought we would have the strength to come back but now we don't really think about the score, we just keep playing,” he said.
“It helps when you have the best striker in the world at the moment in your team. The team is showing great character at the minute and we need to keep that going.”
Watch the full interview with Kieran on Arsenal Player.