Kieran Gibbs believes that Arsenal’s full-backs will step up this season and show the club what they’re made of, with injuries piling up and the Gunners facing an uphill battle to keep up with title leaders Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Reports today claim Thomas Vermaelen is out of the Arsenal squad for up to three months, and with the Gunners hoping to recover from their 8-2 defeat to United last weekend, the news will surely be a blow as the side prepare to get back into Barclays Premier League action.
But Gibbs insists that the North London club won’t have any problems in the full-back position, and they can make a difference in all areas of the pitch.
"I like to help when I can [going forward]," Gibbs told the official Arsenal website.
"We can do a lot of damage to teams, me and Bacary [Sagna] and the others, when we play. We play very high up and we like to play that type of football. Hopefully we can make it even more effective this season.
"I’ve been playing at left back for two years now and it is something that you have to keep learning and keep progressing with. The more I play, the more I will get used to that role.
"You have to be more concentrated [as a full back], especially with the formation that we play. We are an offensive team and we play exciting football, so we have to be more aware defensively."
Gibbs faces competition from new signing Santos for his position, and with Jenkinson and Sagna also fighting for places on the other flank, Arsenal can rest assured that they don’t need any bolstering in that area.
The Gunners face Swansea this weekend, and will then travel to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.