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Gibbs - I want to inspire young fans

Kieran Gibbs is hoping that Arsenal can inspire the next generation of footballers in Singapore.

The Gunners kick-off their Barclays Asia Trophy campaign against a Singapore Select XI on Wednesday and have been visiting their overseas fans between training sessions.

Gibbs was speaking at a Premier Skills festival and he revealed how important it is for professional footballers to encourage youngsters to play.

"You know how much it means to the kids and it’s great that they’re focusing on the coaches here"

Kieran Gibbs

“We had a few presentations when I used to play for Croydon Borough and a few Crystal Palace players came along,” he said. “I remember Bruce Dyer, who was a striker for Palace, came and did a presentation once and that was huge.

“To see any player that you know is playing in the Premier League or the Championship when you’re younger feels like a dream come true. You know how much it means to the kids and it’s great that they’re focusing on the coaches here.

“The game’s changing and you need to stay on top of that. Teaching the kids is important and getting them the right coaching is more important. It’s a great idea.

“It inspires youngsters because when you see players in the flesh - and we’re on the other side of the world to these people so it must mean ever more - it gives you a sense of reality. It will probably help motivate kids more.”

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