He started life as a winger, was converted into a left-back and now finds himself as a wing-back - so how is Kieran Gibbs’ adjusting to our new system?
The England international has been part of a team that has kept three clean sheets in the last four games - including Wednesday night’s win at Southampton.
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Gibbs has played a key role - but what are the main differences to being a wing-back rather than a left-back?
“You’re more tired [at the end of the game]!” Gibbs told Arsenal Player. “You have to find the right balance and assess how the game is going.
“[You need to judge] which team is on top at each moment and whether to sit and join the back three, or push on and join the front three. I think it just important to keep the right balance, stay focused and that gives you the best chance.
“It was a tight turnaround and the boys had to dig deep [against Southampton]. It is a difficult place to come to, especially after playing a few days ago so it was important to keep focused for the whole game and rely on the bit of quality we have up front to score because we can always be dangerous - and we managed to do that in the end.”
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