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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs believes Saturday’s win at Cardiff has set his side up nicely for the busy Christmas period.
The Gunners have made a spectacular start to the season, losing just twice and the 3-0 victory in south Wales put them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
However, Arsene Wenger’s men have traditionally struggled in the winter and they are about to start an extremely tough run of games, with Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City all to come in the next few weeks.
First up though is Hull at home on Wednesday, a team Arsenal lost to in the 2008/09 season but they will be looking to use their newfound mental toughness to extend their recent fine run of form.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City have failed to win at the Cardiff City Stadium so far this season and Saturday’s game was seen as a potential banana skin for the North Londoners.
Gibbs appreciates the size of the victory in South Wales and believes it is the perfect way to start what could be a season defining stretch of matches as the Gunners look to win their first piece of major silverware since 2005.
“It was a massive win for us. We have some big games ahead of us and it was important to get off to a good start,” he told the club’s official website. “The Christmas period is coming up soon and we have put ourselves in a good position. The next eight or so games could decide our season so it is important we keep it going.”