By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal’s full backs are reaping the benefits of a good pre-season.

Both Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson have started the campaign in fine form, and have drawn praise for their consistent performances.

Wenger is happy with the progress of both defenders, and believes their hard work before the season started has been key.

“This year they have benefitted from the fact they had a good preparation,” he said.

“Carl has as well gained one year’s experience compared to last season. He came from Charlton and was straight away thrown into the Champions League. You can say that from game to game now he grows because it is linked with confidence.

“You need first to know that you belong there. Once you know that you can express yourself and then you see that in every game there is more coming out of him.”

Gibbs has struggled with injuries in the past, but Wenger is hopeful that the left back’s fitness problems are now behind him.

“He was out a lot but now he has found stability in his performances,” Wenger said.

“Gael Clichy had the same problem. He went through a long period of injury and after that he stabilised physically. That’s what Kieran is doing at the moment.

“I am very happy with his performances because he is like Carl - in every game he gets stronger.”

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2 Oct 2012