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Arsenal ace delights at link-up with new team-mate

Kieran Gibbs (right) in action against Olympiakos. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Kieran Gibbs (right) in action against Olympiakos. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Thursday, October 4, 2012
11:29 AM

Kieran Gibbs says he is delighted with his start to the season and is particularly pleased with how he has combined with Arsenal new boy Lukas Podolski.

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Left back Gibbs has put in some eye-catching performances for the Gunners this campaign, earning a call up to Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad.

As well as looking an assured presence defensively, the 23-year-old has got forward well and formed an effective partnership on the left with Podolski.

“To be honest, I just play the game how I think it should be played,” Gibbs told Arsenal’s official website. “I help the midfielders and attackers whenever I can.

“I think [getting forward] gives us an edge, plus the fact that we have such technical midfielders and have players that can keep the ball really well.

“It allows me and Carl [Jenkinson] to push on and almost play a risky game, like any attacking team does.

“It’s working well for us so hopefully we can keep it going.”

Germany international Podolski scored his fifth goal for Arsenal in their 3-1 Champions League win over Olympiakos last night, and Gibbs is full of praise for his hard-working team-mate.

“Lukas is a fantastic worker and he’s a great player as well,” he said.

“He’s a joy to work with. The fact that he works so hard inspires me to work hard as well.

“He brings that to the team. He’s a very important player for us and he’s producing goals, he’s defending well, he’s attacking well.

“It’s a pleasure to work with him.”

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