Monday, 31 March 2014

"He made an impression straight away... He has such an aura about him"

Kieran Gibbs has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger following the Arsenal manager's 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners.

The 24-year-old was wrongly sent off in the milestone game at Stamford Bridge after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handled inside the box.

Asked what impact the Frenchman has had on his career, the left back told the Arsenal matchday programme:
"He has done everything for me. He is the one who gave me my chance in football and moulded me into the player I am now. 
"He changed my position from winger to left-back. 
"When someone like him tells you he thinks you can play a certain position, you obviously listen to him and trust him.
"I remember the first time I met him. It was when I was part of the youth set-up and when we moved full-time to the training ground as a scholar, so I would have been 16 at the time. 
"He had a quick chat with us all, welcoming us on our first day. He told us about the Club and how it works now we are full time. 
"He made an impression straight away because he has such an aura about him."
Gibbs has played in 144 games in all competitions under Wenger, scoring four goals.

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