Kieran Gibbs disappointed to see Arsenal winning streak end

Arsenal could only draw against Southampton on New Year's Day

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs admits the squad were disappointed that their winning run came to an end with a draw at Southampton on New Year's Day.

The Gunners needed an own goal from Southampton's Guly Do Prado to equalise Gaston Ramirez's opener as they ended their festive fixture list with a point.

Arsenal scored 15 goals in winning their four Barclays Premier League games leading into the clash with the Saints and Gibbs was frustrated not to make that five.

"It was disappointing to break our winning streak because four on the spin left us feeling good and we were so hungry to get three points," he said.

"It was disappointing to only get the draw but we have to move on to the next game.

"(Near the top of the table) is where we expect to be, even more. But the winning run gave us a good lift at this stage of the season because the games come thick and fast at this time of year."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did not feel his side were at the races at St Mary's and Gibbs knows playing well regularly is important.

"Consistency over the whole season, we're looking for that," he said.

"Over this period I've been impressed with everyone and the effort they've put in, credit to the boys.

"But we are looking for more consistency over the whole period of the season."

Gibbs has joined Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson in penning new deals at the Emirates Stadium, with Wenger targeting a strong British backbone to his squad.

The 23-year-old England international reckons his new contract and recent form prove his dedication to Arsenal.

"Me and the other boys committed ourselves to the club," he said. "I've always been committed to the club ever since I was given my chance by the boss.

"I've wanted to show him how dedicated I am. I hope the last few months I've done that."

Next up for Arsenal is an FA Cup third-round tie at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday and Gibbs is targeting success in the competition.

"It would be great to get a trophy, of course," he said. "We go to Swansea like it's one of our biggest games of the season. We need to go there and realise that this is another opportunity to get a trophy and we want to go there and win.

"Obviously we're out of one cup now so we need to make sure on Sunday that we're fully focused and realise that we have a chance here to put a trophy in the cabinet."

PA

 

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'