Gibbs believes it is time for Arsenal’s players to stand up and be counted

Kieran Gibbs believes it is time for Arsenal’s players to stand up and be counted following their poor start to the season.

The Gunners moved into the last 16 of the Carling Cup on Tuesday night after coming from behind to beat npower League Two side Shrewsbury 3-1 at Emirates Stadium.

It was a welcome positive result for Arsene Wenger’s squad, who have endured a miserable start to the new campaign – with the 4-3 loss at struggling Blackburn a third defeat in five Barclays Premier League matches.

Wenger remains defiant under intense scrutiny, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Tuesday feeling the need to give the Frenchman a vote of confidence. Gibbs – whose equaliser against the Shrews was his first senior goal – is in no doubt the squad, who he claims are “100%” behind Wenger, can turn things around.

“It has not been the easiest of months, but I can assure everyone that the team is together,” the England Under-21 defender told reporters. You can see from the stats of the games that what we are doing is right, but on some occasions we just are not getting the results.

“We are looking to turn that around as soon as possible so we can lift the club.We just have to stand up and be counted, not hide away now if the results don’t go our way. We will see a change.”

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