Date: 1st March 2017 at 10:15pm
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Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash against Liverpool, Kieron Gibbs has backed fit again Danny Welbeck to have an important impact between now and the end of the season.

With Saturday’s clash against Liverpool being our first of four games in two weeks, Gibbs knows everybody has to be ready to play their part when called upon by manager Arsene Wenger and with good form of his own of late – helping us to three clean sheets out of the last four – he knew it was about maintaining those defensive standards and then looking to our attacking players to make a difference at the other end of the pitch.

Speaking to the Official Site Gibbs explained that whilst most were probably disappointed with our recent fixture lull, for somebody like Welbeck it was probably beneficial to his fitness.

‘I feel like a lot of boys that are coming back from injury like Danny Welbeck are wanting to get out there and get going. The break would have been disappointing for them because it was a good chance for them to get some game time and play, but this little break has halted that. But it’s a good chance to get some good training in and keep the basics of the team, how we want to play, and that side of it is good for the team.’

With Welbeck himself recently talking about ‘hating’ playing against Gibbs when they were younger, Gibbs knew it had been a good test for both, but ultimately it helped them both develop and improve over the years.

‘We had a lot, me and Danny growing up, and now we’re together we laugh about it and go over some of the games we played against each other. You can tell from his story and his background that he’s a winner and he’s really had a big impact coming to the club. He’s looking the fittest and strongest I’ve ever seen him. It’s important we keep him fit and make sure he comes back at the right time and not rush it too much. Someone as powerful as him – when he’s well managed – he can be a force for us.’

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