Kieran Gibbs has revealed how a phone call from a doctor delivering bad news about an injury actually lifted his spirits.
The left back had his metatarsal broken by a nasty challenge in a November 2009 Champions League game, and subsequently missed the rest of the season.
Such was the seriousness of the injury Gibbs felt his career was in doubt and feared the worst when the doctor called. Speaking to the official Arsenal Magazine, he explained:
“Breaking my foot triggered quite a lot of my injuries. It took me eight or nine months to get over that injury, which turned out to be really serious in the end. I remember the doctor ringing me. He said he had bad news, and I thought he was going to tell me I wouldn’t be able to play again.
“In fact, he told me I needed to have more surgery, and funnily enough the boost that gave me was massive. Coming from a moment when you think that’s it, you’re finished, to one where you realise you can carry on is such a great feeling, a massive relief, and I used it as motivation to approach my recovery positively.
“Before that I’d never really had injuries, but in the next couple of years I had quite a few and it was really frustrating. I did my knee and rolled my ankle, and later on I had a hernia. I just got on with it and never really listened to any comments.
“I just knew the most important thing was that I got back and let people judge me on my football.”
Having firmly established himself as the first choice left back and one of the club’s most consistent performers, especially in difficult circumstances this season, fans will be glad Gibbs, along with others, has signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2017 at least.
And he’s determined to pay back the club for backing and believing in him while he was out injured.
“I don’t take it lightly. It just increases what I want to give back to the team and the people who’ve given me the chance to represent Arsenal.
“I feel very privileged and determined to do well for this club, and repay the faith they’ve shown.”
The latest edition of the Official Arsenal Magazine, in which you can read the full interview with Kieran Gibbs, is out now. Available from club shops, programme sellers, newsagents, by visiting www.arsenal.com/magazine or call 0845 30176269,623 views