Kieran Gibbs insists Arsenal now have a squad strong enough to keep them fighting on all fronts for the rest of the season.

Boss Arsene Wenger showed off the Gunners' depth as they cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Wenger shuffled his pack for the 2-0 victory over Boro, making seven changes to the side that started the midweek win over Leicester.

He also had Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Nacho Monreal among his substitutes.

And Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta weren't even involved due to injury while Jack Wilshere was also left out to give him another week to build up his fitness after his ankle problem.


Wenger's embarrassment of riches has left Gibbs convinced Arsenal have enough options to last the pace in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

Left-back Gibbs said: "We certainly have the squad to compete on three fronts at the moment. This is what we want to do. We need a big squad to do that.

"It is probably the first time it has been like this for a while because normally we have something go wrong with a player and the team, not picks itself, but it has been easier in the past."

January signing, centre-back Gabriel Paulista, was one of the new faces in the team against Championship promotion chasers Boro and enjoyed a solid Arsenal debut.

And Gibbs revealed how Arsenal's players are helping him learn English after Wenger revealed the Brazilian's is "very bad."

Gibbs said: "He doesn't speak any English at the moment and it was the same with Alexis Sanchez when he came.

"It won't take him long. We've brushed him up on a few of the sayings for him to get used to.

"Is it by pointing and shouting? Actually, yeah, it is like that because in training in the week, Steve [Bould] goes through things with him with one of the Spanish boys who then translates for him what it means in English so he understands and when it is said to him on the pitch he knows what to do.

"That's what is starts from and to get a good understanding it is important."



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