Swansea tie, biggest test for Gunners — Gibbs

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Kieran Gibbs has claimed Arsenal are facing the biggest game of their season, and cannot afford to blow another chance of silverware.

Arsene Wenger and his side travel to Swansea in the FA Cup on Sunday and the heat is on as the Cup represents their best chance of a trophy this season.

It’s been almost eight years since Arsenal last won silverware and Gibbs said, “It would be great to get a trophy, of course. 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.

“We’re out of the League Cup 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.

“We’re halfway through the season now and it’s important we stake our claim and show where we want to be.”

The trouble for Arsenal is a lack of consistency – they put seven past Newcastle penultimate Saturday but were held to a draw by Southampton only three days later.

That has been the story of Arsenal’s season and Gibbs admits they desperately need to find some sort of rhythm to achieve Champions League qualification.

“I’ve been impressed with everyone and the effort they’ve put in over the festive period,” said the left-back. “But it’s consistency over the whole season, we’re looking for.

“It was disappointing to only get a draw at Southampton because we’d won four on the spin and were hungry to get three points,” Gibbs said.

It has been a good season personally for Gibbs as he has put together his longest run of games in the first team, got an England call-up and signed a new contract.

And the 23-year-old added, “For me, I’m happy with the first half of the season.

“I’ve been able to get in a good number of games and this is the closest I’ve had to a full season. Hopefully I can keep that going for the rest of the campaign.”

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