Gibbs: Dramatic finale makes us even stronger

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Kieran Gibbs believes the drama of Arsenal’s quest for a top four position will help strengthen the bond between the current first team squad and insists that with new players now integrated the future is bright at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger’s men celebrated with gusto in the aftermath of yesterday’s gritty 1-0 win at St James Park and while the England left-back accepts that a shot at qualifying for the Champions League isn’t traditionally something to shout about, the opportunity could hardly be passed up given the mountain the Gunners have climbed since the turn of the year.

“We are jumping around celebrating but we haven’t actually won anything,” the left-back told the London Evening Standard.

“You can look at it like that. On the other hand, we are aware that we need to produce next season. We have to be confident to deal with that.It is massive to finish in the top four. We have done it for however many seasons on the bounce now but we haven’t actually properly qualified yet because we still have to play the play-off game at the start of the new season.

“We would have liked to have had a better season, but I think overall you have to be happy with the way the team got back together after December and showed real character, yet again, to come back and finish where we want to be.

“We were a new-look side for another season, again, with new signings that have had to come in and step up. It is never easy to just come straight into the Premier League and perform like some of our good players have.

“In the end, there was a combination of us needing to realise what we wanted from the season and the players starting to get to know each other more. As time went on, we started to gel.

“That was important and it puts us in good stead for next season because I believe the team have gelled because of this. The dramatic finale makes us even stronger and we are going into next season head on.”

One player who won’t be part of Arsenal’s future is Andrei Arshavin. Having watched the Gunners pip Spurs to fourth, presumably from the comfort of his sofa, the little Russian tweeted his congratulations before appearing to say a parting thanks to everyone associated with the club.

“Thanks a lot to all Arsenal’ fans, to all my team partners, who played with me all these years, to all the stuff and coaches!!! Many thanks!

“Gunners! Good luck in the Champions League next year!”

It remains to be seen if he retires, as some reports suggested last month, or if he’ll head to more lucrative climes. No doubt we’ll be hearing more from him in the near future.

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Le_Dooner
Le_Dooner

‘Dramatic finale makes us even older looking’

Micko
Micko

I look like some old goat after that match…ok I always looked that way but at least I have an excuse now 😉

Double98
Double98

Yeah well gibbs isn’t the one who has to pass partially digested finger nails through his bowels today…
Like us

Still its better than the hats that the supporters of Sp*rs are digesting now.
and the crow they will have to eat every Thursday night next season…
HA HA HA HA

Lets all laugh at spurs

Boss
Boss

We’ll miss you Arsha! Wish you all the best in your future! Forever a Gunner <3

cestriangooner
cestriangooner

Why are mutv advertising on here?
Not the best target market.

TH14
TH14

I’m sure there are plenty of glory hunting Arsenal “fans” on here, who want a trophy. It worked on a certain Dutchman last year 😉

kkc
kkc

you mean the fans that support Arsenal only because we have been winning pretty much everything these last few years?

TH14
TH14

You support a club for life. If you ever change your loyalties to another club that is going through a more successful time, be it after a period of one year, eight years, or a hundred years, you are a glory hunter!

Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner

Well said.

Aron H
Aron H

@Th14 I’m in my mid twenties and I was a Liverpool supporter (my mom and dad are) as a kid growing up, but as of the past 5 or so years I am now a staunch Arsenal supporter (I saw the light)…but I swear I’m not a glory hunter!!! 🙂

Also Owen was my boyhood idol…HOW MISGUIDED WAS I.

TH14
TH14

Just been looking at who we could get in the CL playoffs:
http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/champions-league-play-offs-the-lowdown
Good news that Milan/Schalke cannot be our opponents. The biggest worry is that Real Sociedad could clinch 4th in La Liga and with no European pedigree we could get them (as was the case when we drew Udinese). The alternative is Valencia who would definitely be seeded. They are level on points with two games to go (but i believe Sociedad have the superior head to head record) so lets hope the Mestalla outfit can come out on top. It would be one less team to worry about, especially as Carlos Vela could come back to haunt us. We don’t have to worry about this for a while though and if we do good business in the summer we should beat any of these teams over 2 legs 🙂

ckmma
ckmma

I think its based on league not individual club, so we won’t face Sociedad. I think the main ones to watch out for are Zenit, Kharkiv, Fenerbahçe and the third place of Ligue 1 which I think is most likely Lyon. Could mean facing Gervinho if he transfers there this summer…

Highbury
Highbury

Don’t know if anyone has seen the new Citroen ad featuring Giroud, Thomas, BFG and Rambo but it’s quite funny :p

http://www.motortorque.com/car-news/citroen-and-arsenal-fc-present-the-premier-car-wash-22289.aspx

Haters

Mert the roof cleaning pro, good ad

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I forgot about sponge footballs! They were always a nightmare on a rainy day in the face.

Highbury
Highbury

……when I say ‘funny’ I mean…..more like ‘cringingly-cheesy-funny’ 😉

Micko
Micko

All jokes aside I have real hopes for next season and when united and Liverpool are fighting for 5th and spuds mid table again and city lost and unable to bring in new players because no one will leave because they all get 200k a week it will be our season COME ON GOONS

Haters

And all new managers for most top teams, could this be our year, time to get back were we belong top of the table

RealHarry
RealHarry

The team has gelled together fabulously. It also helps that we have zero cunts at Arsenal, unlike other clubs.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8753765705/

Love this picture. Also, glad to see Bac enjoying with his teammates. Would love to see him back next season, with his CL experience.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

I love that picture, but I can’t find Koscielny in it!

davonewzealand
davonewzealand

Gibbs and Nacho make up the one position in our team where we really do have two top quality players.

The Royal Arsenal
The Royal Arsenal

I find it infuriating how this summer we’ve decided to spend big, yet we couldn’t so last season when we had similar finances available to us. If we had spent properly last season RVP would have stayed. Only Cazorla was of real quality. I fucking hope Wenger pulls his finger out and signs proven talent.

Denis V
Denis V

Yet last summer we didn’t have the confirmed kitty of the renewed Emirates deal and the supposed record breaking Puma deal…the time is now I believe. We are finally at that point of $$$ stability and squad strength where only a few improvements this summer will push us to the next level, which for us is genuinely challenging and possibly winning silverware.

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