“He lets you learn for yourself”

Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger’s 1000 game milestone, but also the manager’s educational style.

Wenger has long been known to let players work things out for themselves. In some cases that’s the wrong approach as certain players needed to be told what they were doing badly and then told again and then punched in the face until they understood, but for the ones with more than half a brain it’s appreciated.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Gibbs said, “He lets you learn for yourself before he tells you, which I thought was interesting.

“When I first started playing in the team a good few years ago he didn’t give me too much advice. He let me learn for myself and then when he needed to speak to me you listen even more.

“He’s got a way of making you feel that you deserve to be there and he has a certain way of giving you confidence to play.”

And the left-back says he, along with all the other players brought through by the manager, feels they have a debt to him and want to repay him on the pitch.

“He’s been very important and I think a lot of players will say the same. He’s been instrumental and has pretty much given the platform for mine and other players’ careers.

“I think it’s fair to say that the players that have played under him have tried to give him everything.”

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