Arsenal defender: We will be stronger

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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs believes their end of season form will make them stronger in the long run.

The Gunners were facing an up-hill challenge of finishing in the top-four for yet another season under Frenchman Arsene Wenger, but going unbeaten in the final 10 games saw Arsenal jump from sixth to fourth, going above Everton and rivals Tottenham.

Wenger's men won an impressive eight games out of their final 10 and managed to draw the other two. 

On the way, they also only conceded four times and their form was rewarded with a fourth-placed finish.

In the final 10 fixtures, Arsenal won nearly every game by just one goal and left-back Gibbs believes that shows how much resilience the club now has. He believes that bodes well for the future.

"We were a new-look side, with new signings that had to come in and step up," he told Arsenal's official magazine

"It is never easy to come straight into the Premier League and perform as some of our players have.

"In the end, there was a combination of realising what we wanted from the season and of the players getting to know each other more. As time went on, we started to gel as a team. That was important and it puts us in good stead for next term.

"The dramatic finale to the season has made us even stronger, and we will be going into the new one head on."

Arsenal travelled to Newcastle United on the final day of the season knowing that a win would guarantee them a place in the Champions League qualifying stage next season and thanks to a Laurent Koscielny second-half strike, the Gunners picked up a valuable 1-0 victory.

Gibbs admitted that he knew Tottenham had scored a late-goal so he knew the side had to hold on to the win and he believes the fact that they did hold on, shows that they have better mentality now than ever before.

He concluded: "When there was a bit of stoppage time, we heard that [Tottenham] had scored so we knew it was important to get the job done and win the game.

"We didn’t go there to focus on Tottenham anyway - it was about us.

"The game was a test of the character that I think we showed throughout the season, and in the end we deserved to come away with the win."


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