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Gibbs - I just want to repay Wenger

Kieran Gibbs is determined to repay the faith that Arsene Wenger has shown in him throughout his career.

The Arsenal manager celebrates 18 years in charge on Wednesday, and is credited with bringing through a host of youngsters during his time at the club.

Gibbs is one of his biggest success stories and the 25-year-old wants to show his appreciation for the man who, as he puts it, "has given me my career".

"He's always remained positive in the team, he's believed in a lot of players and he's given me my career"

Kieran Gibbs

"I met him when I was just 16 and in that time obviously I've got to know him a lot better,” said Gibbs. “It's a credit to be part of what he's doing with the club, and I feel proud.

“He's always remained positive in the team, he's believed in a lot of players and he's given me my career. I have him to thank for that, and I have to work my hardest to repay him."

Gibbs will be part of the Arsenal squad that hosts Galatasaray on Wednesday night, and he accepts that a win is of paramount importance.

“Especially at home, we need to continue that [consistency in the Champions League] and get back on track,” he said.

“I think it is important to remember how hard we have worked to get to this level. We are not in this competition just to take part - the squad believes we can do something special and we need to get back on track.”

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