Arsenal must stay focused, warns Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs Arsenal Football Club

Kieran Gibbs has warned Arsenal not to rest on their laurels when they play the Champions League qualifying second leg against Fenerbahce.

Defender Gibbs scored as the Gunners chalked up a valuable 3-0 victory over the Turkish outfit in Istanbul last night.

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud snatched the other goals to give Arsene Wenger’s side a big advantage for the return tie at the Emirates next week.

And Gibbs, who played after receiving eight stitches in a forehead wound he sustained in the defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, said: “It’s still not over because we’ve got another tie. We have to stay focused because you think we’re in a strong position but we now have to think about how we go into the next leg.

“We have to go in on all cylinders again, otherwise if we sit back and think that we’re already through it can put us on the back foot, and we don’t want that. We have to be strong and make sure we finish off the job next week.”

Gibbs believes the triumph will give the squad some confidence after the shock loss to Villa and he has spoken of his joy at hitting the back of the net.

He added: “In terms of putting us in a good position, the win has given us a bit of togetherness. I think people have seen what the team is capable of and we have to take this now into the rest of the season.

“The goal was a good moment for me. To be honest I felt we deserved to be up in the first half. I knew that to get an away goal would put us in a strong position and we were desperate for that goal. I felt we deserved it and we got our rewards in the end after a good performance.

“I thought we were playing well from the start of the game and to be honest I thought we were better in the first half – we got a little bit apprehensive in the second half because we really wanted to get the goal. But we knew that the chances were going to come and it was a case of taking them when we got the opportunity.

“We know what we’re capable of so we don’t need to prove it to anyone. But we need to prove to ourselves that we can be consistent and start producing results week-in, week-out. That’s down us and that’s purely what we’re focused on.”