Arsene Wenger paid tribute to Kieran Gibbs after the left-back’s swashbuckling goal scoring performance against Swansea.
The England international, who recently committed his long-term future to the club, was an attacking threat throughout the game and looked to have given the Gunners a deserved win when he smashed home a fantastic volley with five minutes remaining.
Speaking after the game about the 23-year-old’s development, Wenger reasserted his belief in the Academy graduate’s bright future.
“I felt that we always created chances from midfield. Their keeper kept them in the game and Kieran Gibbs had an outstanding game. He gets better and better. When you see this kind of game, it’s very positive.
Arsenal have a possible six games left in January including the replay with Swansea on the 16th, the rescheduled Boxing Day clash with West Ham on the 23rd, a potential 4th Round FA Cup trip to Brighton on the 26th and the small matter of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the league.
Asked if his squad will be able to cope with the influx of games and whether he’ll dip into the transfer market for reinforcements, the boss continued:
“Yes, if we have no injuries. Today we had four players at home, and I didn’t bring on Chamberlain, Coquelin [or] Rosicky. Diaby’s coming back and if we find one or two on the transfer market, then why not.
Speaking specifically about the possibility of bringing in new faces, Arsene seemed to temper overt excitement about spending Gazidis’ dry powder maintaining the same line he churned out on Thursday.
“Let’s first keep the players we have and maybe add one or two. We lost Chamakh and Djourou now, so there’s some room.”
It’s a bloody tough three weeks ahead – a real make or break period. Fuck up and we could well find ourselves relying on a miraculous Champions League from February. Perform to their collective capabilities and we could well have an exciting climax to the season.