Kieran Gibbs: Olympiacos win has shaken off any Arsenal doubts
Kieran Gibbs believes Arsenal's Champions League defeat of Olympiacos helped put the Gunners' loss to Chelsea behind them
Kieran Gibbs believes Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Olympiacos on Wednesday helped dispel any lingering doubts following the Gunners’ defeat by Chelsea.
Goals from Gervinho, Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey helped Arsene Wenger’s men maintain their 100 per cent start in Europe following their 2-1 home loss to the Blues on Saturday.
And left-back Gibbs admits it was crucial the north Londoners returned to winning ways following the disappointment of the result against Roberto Di Matteo’s men.
“It was important to bounce back after a defeat [against Chelsea] at home,” Gibbs told Arsenal’s website. “It was important for the players especially.
“We wanted to shake off a few doubts in our mind that we had. We certainly did that and we’re back on the front foot now. This is what we have to keep doing and keep pushing on from here.”
Arsenal were made to work hard for victory against their Greek opposition and failed to click into gear during the first half at The Emirates.
But Wenger’s men emerged inspired after the break as they battled to three points which puts them top of their group following Montpellier’s 2-2 draw with Schalke.
“You have to win like that sometimes,” continued Gibbs. “No game in the Champions League is easy. We showed a good test of character because it’s difficult when it’s a draw and you’re pushing for the win, but we managed to do that.
“Our extra quality in the squad came through in the end, and we managed to get another good win in the Champions League.
“It’s all about [getting over the line] – getting the win. We know our qualities. We showed tonight and in the first game that we have the qualities to beat these teams and I think we’ve done that again.
“We had stages in both games where we were on the back foot. It’s just a matter of soaking up that pressure. In the end, we had individual quality that made the difference.”