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Gibbs: We'll fight to the end

Arsenal's win at Bayern Munich proves they have the character to scrap for a top-four finish, according to Kieran Gibbs.

Last Updated: 14/03/13 at 12:55 Post Comment

Kieran Gibbs: Returned from injury at Bayern's Allianz Arena

Kieran Gibbs: Returned from injury at Bayern's Allianz Arena

Gibbs returned from a six-week injury absence to help Arsenal become the first English team since Norwich in 1993 to win in Bayern's backyard.

But a 2-0 second leg victory could not prevent a third straight UEFA Champions League exit at the last-16 stage, and the sole focus for the season now is making up a five-point deficit on the Premier League's top four - starting at Swansea on Saturday.

Gibbs told the club's official website: "We are right to get criticism but we're not right to be told that we don't have character in the team.

"We showed that at Bayern, so anyone who has their doubts can have them - the belief is there in the team.

"We just have to turn that into results and correct our mistakes and things will look positive for the team.

"Munich's not an easy place to come and win the game, so we have to leave proud but disappointed.

"If we want to play in this competition again, we have to win on Saturday at Swansea and we have to win probably for the rest of the season. We have to forget about this now and focus on the Premier League."

Olivier Giroud, one of Arsenal's goalscorers in Germany, said: "This result is good for the future and we have to continue because we have a big game against Swansea.

"It will be a hard game but we need the win to reach Tottenham and Chelsea. We need to carry on."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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