Kieran Gibbs is one of Arsenal’s longest serving players, making his debut in the league cup back in October 2007, but this season he has been very much a bit-part player.
He has, however, started the last three games, playing as left wing-back due to the fact Nacho Monreal has been pressed into action as a centre-half in a back three.
It’s a new system for the players, and while the 27 year old says there’s still a lot to do when it comes to adapting to it, he’s confident they can do it quickly.
“We still need a lot of work on this formation,” he said after the 2-0 win over Man Utd yesterday.
“We haven’t been doing it for long, but we can learn quickly, especially in games like today. We are picking it up quickly.
“I think the formation is good for the team. After a few defeats sometimes you need to change. It opens up new opportunities for me and I’m happy to have got a few games under my belt.
“That’s always when I feel at my best, when I get a few games. I feel much stronger now.”
It remains to be seen if he’ll keep his place when Mustafi is available and put into the back three, and his long-term future remains a doubt with the Gunners actively looking for a left-sided defender this summer, but he was solid against United yesterday.