Kieran Gibbs says he’s happy with his first Premier League goal since March 2012, but that the team are disappointed not to have beaten Sp*rs at the Emirates this evening.
The left-back’s goal, having come on in the 74th minute, rescued a point for a below par Arsenal side – the chance to go 2 points clear at the top of the table evading them.
Speaking about missing that opportunity, he said, “We are disappointed obviously, with Manchester City dropping points we had a good opportunity.
“It was important not to lose this game but now the international break, we can recover for a few players and they can come back fit and we can push on after.
“The last time I scored was against Anderlecht away last season but in the Premier League it was a few years ago.”
With few attacking options on the bench (only youngster Alex Iwobi), Gibbs always felt like he might get the nod.
“It has been difficult for the boss with options so in the last few games I have been coming on and I knew, looking across the bench that, probably, even though I’m a defender I’m one of the more offensive players on the bench.
“I was happy to come on in a big game like that and get a goal. The boss has been struggling with options especially in midfield and up front, so I think a few of the boys were tired having played last weekend, midweek and today.
“It was a chance for me to bring on some fresh legs and do everything I can to try and help the boys.”
It was a nice moment for a player who has found himself on the fringes this season, proof perhaps that the squad is important, even with so many players out injured.