Kieran Gibbs welcomes competition for places at Arsenal

Left-back also looks forward to Champions League clash...
Arsenal youngster Kieran Gibbs has welcomed the competition for places at the club despite his failure to dislodge Gael Clichy.

Gibbs, 20, has been left on the bench for club and country this season as he fights for his senior breakthrough. Despite the obstacles, he has insisted the challenge presented to get on the pitch will keep the entire squad on their toes.

Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, he said: "It is difficult to play the same team through all of the season because players are going to get tired - that is when we start to get injuries.

"It is good for people to get a chance.

"Not only is the competition going to be good for Gael to play well, it is also going to be good for the club as well because we are both fighting to win help the team win something this year."

Gibbs, who could be handed a start in Wednesday night's Champions League trip to Braga, is determined not to take the opposition lightly if he is selected.

"It is the Champions League, so there is no easy group," he added.

"The games are going to be hard, home and away, so it is important to get off to a strong start.

"We have shown a lot of character in our opening matches and hopefully now we can build on it for the next few weeks."

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