Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has welcomed competition for places in the first team and says their impressive form is down to an increased understanding.

There was a host of changes at the Emirates in the summer of 2011 with several new players joining and then in the summer of 2012, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger added; Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to his squad with Alex Song and Robin Van Persie going out of the Emirates.

Those summer signings were then followed up by a January signing of Nacho Monreal who has been very impressive since his move from Spanish side Malaga, much like Cazorla did earlier on in the season.

Left-back Kieran Gibbs, insists he is happy with the signing of Monreal despite him being an obvious threat to his first-team place, but the Englishman welcomes the competition and also believes all the new signings have really gelled together in the last few months.

He told Arsenal.com: “I know that playing for your place is part of the game and it's part of life.

“I have to deal with that. As long as I keep giving everything for the team and everybody does that, it's only good for the club.

“If you look at the team, there's a lot of new players and now it's coming to the end of the season, you're starting to see the players know each other a lot more.

“You can see that in the last run of games that the players have a better understanding of each other. I feel like we look more like a team in the last few games that we have played.”

After their draw to Everton on Tuesday night, Arsenal extended their lead over Tottenham and Chelsea to two points, however they have played less than the Gunners and Gibbs believes the race will go down to the last game of the season, much like last season, when Arsenal had to wait until the last day to come out victors.

“We've still got a long way to go and there are still a lot of things that can happen,” he said. 

“We need to remain focused on the next game and take it from there.”


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