Arsenal players owed Arsene Wenger and fans a performance in Istanbul says Kieran Gibbs
says he and his Arsenal team-mates owed manager Arsene Wenger a performance after defeating Fenerbahce 3-0 on Wednesday.
After losing their opening Premier League match on Saturday 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, the Gunners have all but secured their place in the group stages of the Champions League after their first-leg qualifier victory in Turkey.
Full-back Gibbs, who has two caps for England, opened the scoring in a white-hot atmosphere of the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium and says the win was due to the belief the manager had in his squad.
Gibbs, aged 23, said: “The performance was needed after the start of the season and to prove to ourselves and everyone what we are capable of.
"He [the manager] believes in us and we believe in him, so we felt we had a point to prove to him and the fans.
"We have done that and now it is just about getting on with this season and we are determined to get results like we did in Istanbul."
Fellow England internationals Theo Walcott
and Jack Wilshere
also started for Arsenal, with Carl Jenkinson
coming off the bench early on, and Gibbs believes that the players dug deep for the fans aswell as the manager.
He added: "We wanted to do it for our fans more than anything and put last week's disappointment behind us.
"I think we have done that now and we have to just focus on the weekend and make sure we are strong for that now."
All four could be involved in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
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