Kieran Gibbs: Arsenal fired warning shot with Man City win
Kieran Gibbs believes that Arsenal's win over Manchester City on Sunday underlined their mental strength
Kieran Gibbs claims that Arsenal made their case for possessing a mental edge with the away victory against Premier League champions Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger’s team only recorded 35 per cent possession, but scored through Santi Cazorla’s penalty and a second-half header from Olivier Giroud in a 2-0 win last weekend.
Arsenal’s away record against City, Manchester United and Chelsea from August 2009 to 2014 was two wins and 13 defeats from 16 matches.
However, after securing their first win at The Etihad since October 2010, Gibbs said the result is a reminder of Arsenal’s threat towards their Premier League rivals.
Gibbs wrote in a blog on Sportlobster.com: “It was a long time coming, and we needed a result like this against a top four team away from home.
“It gives the team a boost, but also proves to ourselves we can get results at places like the Etihad.
“Obviously, people think it has been a mental issue, which has stopped us getting results away to the likes of Manchester City recently, but this isn’t the case.
“I think the win on Sunday has proved a lot of people wrong and we also proved to ourselves that we can have a big say in the Premier League this season.”
Arsenal turn their attention to the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, when they will hope to continue their quest of retaining the trophy with victory over Championship outfit Brighton.
The Gunners ended a nine-year wait for silverware last season after Aaron Ramsey scored an extra-time winner in the FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley.
Gibbs added: “We know what it’s like to win the FA Cup after what happened last season, and if you ask any of the players in our dressing room if they want to experience that again, they’ll all say yes.
“They all want to keep hold of the Cup, so it will be another big test for us this weekend against a Brighton side, which would love to cause an upset.
“We’ll prepare for the game exactly the same as we do for a big Premier League match and show our opponents full respect as ever.
“Hopefully, we’ll come through it okay and get the win we are after.”