The hopes of Arsenal being able to challenge Chelsea and Man City for the Premier League title this season are now slimmer than a supermodel with dysentery, but there are still 39 points to fight for and we need to keep winning to make sure that we are in the top four when the season draws to a close.
But starting now, the Gunners have the added complication of an FA cup quarter.final away to Man United, and hopefully more FA cup games to follow, as well as at least two more big games in the Champions League to think about. But one Arsenal star is not worried at all that the Gunners squad will struggle to cope with the workload.
In a report by The Mirror, Kieran Gibbs explains that Arsenal now have great options all over the pitch, with real quality players fighting for a place in the starting line-up. And this was highlighted by his own situation, coming into the Arsenal team and playing brilliantly when our Spanish left-back has been preferred by Arsene Wenger recently.
The impressive debut of January signing Gabriel Paulista who came in for Per Mertesacker was clearly one of the reasons for Gibbs to feel so good and upbeat about the strength of the Arsenal squad and he expects a lot more from the Brazilian who is still having to rely on hand signals as he struggles to speak any English.
He said, “We certainly have the squad to compete on three fronts at the moment. This is what we want to do. We need a big squad to do that.
“It is probably the first time it has been like this for a while because normally we have something go wrong with a player and the team, not picks itself, but it has been easier in the past.
“He doesn’t speak any English at the moment and it was the same with Alexis Sanchez when he came.
“It won’t take him long. We’ve brushed him up on a few of the sayings for him to get used to.
“Is it by pointing and shouting? Actually, yeah, it is like that because in training in the week, Steve [Bould] goes through things with him with one of the Spanish boys who then translates for him what it means in English so he understands and when it is said to him on the pitch he knows what to do.
“That’s what is starts from and to get a good understanding it is important.”
Considering that the Gunners still have the likes of Debuchy, Arteta, Wilshere and Ramsey to come back as well, it is hard to argue with Gibbs and his assessment of our strength in depth. But how far can we go with it?