Gibbs hails Cesc wisdom
Kieran Gibbs has backed Cesc Fabregas by insisting he has a wise head on young shoulders.
Last Updated: 20/01/11 7:50pm
Kieran Gibbs has backed Cesc Fabregas' leadership qualities by insisting he has a wise head on young shoulders.
Arsenal captain Fabregas found himself at the centre of a story concerning his abilities as a natural leader earlier this week following an interview given by team-mate Denilson.
Any talk of a rift was quickly played down by Denilson, Fabregas and manager Arsene Wenger, with the main gist of the comments lost in translation from Brazilian to English.
And Gibbs has now offered his support for Fabregas, saying the Spaniard has been a great help to him off and on the pitch.
"I've spent quite a bit of time with him, away from training as well and for such a young person he's got such a wise head on him," said Gibbs.
"He's helped me greatly and I can only thank him for that."
Gibbs has been particularly grateful for Fabregas' assistance during an injury-plagued couple of seasons.
The 21-year-old missed much of last term with a broken metatarsal and has suffered from an ankle injury in this campaign.
He admits it has been a frustrating period but, now back to full fitness, he is focused on playing as regularly as possible.
"I've been in and out and haven't played many games on the trot, so I'm just looking to keep injury free and stay on top of that," said the left-back.
"It has been a nightmare, I won't lie. It's been annoying, frustrating seeing your team playing all the time and going there and limping off after 15 minutes.
"But I've got a few games under my belt now, so hopefully I can put that all behind me and keep going.
"The way the boss rotates the squad has also definitely helped me. I've no arguments with how he does that, he does it very well."
It is almost six years since Arsenal last won a trophy - that was the 2005 FA Cup - but Gibbs believes they are on track to end that drought.
He said: "Every season's important regardless of how long the club has gone without a trophy, but at the minute we're on course to win something.
"It depends on how we do injury-wise to be honest. You know how players get towards the end of the season and they start tiring.
"If we can keep injury free and everyone fit - and our medical staff can do their stuff to keep everyone fit - then we've got a good chance.
"Getting to Wembley is as important as it is every season and for every big club, so we want to show that we can go there."