Gibbs hails Arsenal's contingent of British youngsters

The left-back believes that as long as he and the other local players perform, Arsene Wenger will not receive criticism for looking to the European market for players

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has hailed the club’s young British contingent, dismissing suggestions that signing many foreign players has had an adverse affect on Arsene Wenger’s team.

Wenger created somewhat of a reputation for purchasing talent from abroad rather than developing and promoting youngsters from his own academy, but Gibbs does not believe that is the case these days.

Pointing to the presence of team-mates such as Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gibbs feels that in the club’s current system, if you are good enough then you are old enough.

"For me that’s what it comes down to,” he told FourFourTwo. “We have Carl Jenkinson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey, so I think the young British players are getting better now because they’re learning what it takes to play at the top.

“I think as long as we can improve, there won’t be any further criticism about [signing] foreign players.”

Gibbs also spoke about his various injury problems and the recovery process from them, with injury-prone midfielder Tomas Rosicky often giving the defender advice and support.

He continued: “I've had a lot of support from experienced players that have suffered similar injuries. Players like Tomas Rosicky don’t just help me when I'm injured, but also when I'm fit because it’s easy when you’re playing to ignore the things you have to do to remain healthy.

“Instead of going home early, these players will stay with you and work on the things that help with injury prevention.”

The England international went on to speak about his manager, and for all his experience as a coach and tactician, Gibbs believes his strongest attribute is evident in the transfer market.

He said: “He [Wenger] has built a reputation for signing players for a modest fee and turning them into great players.

“I don’t think many people in England had really heard of Thomas Vermaelen before he arrived and yet he became an instant fan favourite at the club.

“He has an eye for noticing the potential in promising players.”