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Arsenal full backs benefitting from good pre-season

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal's full backs are reaping the benefits of a good pre-season, reports the clubs official website. Both Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson have started the campaign in fine form, and the Frenchman is happy with the progress of both defenders.

"This year they have benefitted from the fact they had a good preparation," he said.

"Carl has as well gained one year's experience compared to last season. He came from Charlton and was straight away thrown into the Champions League. You can say that from game to game now he grows because it is linked with confidence.

"You need first to know that you belong there. Once you know that you can express yourself and then you see that in every game there is more coming out of him."

"He (Gibbs) was out a lot but now he has found stability in his performances," Wenger said.

"Gael Clichy had the same problem. He went through a long period of injury and after that he stabilised physically. That's what Kieran is doing at the moment.

"I am very happy with his performances because he is like Carl - in every game he gets stronger."

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