Wenger says words about Kieran Gibbs

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Arsene Wenger says that Kieran Gibbs departure this summer was like losing a family member, and seeing the left-back leave was more painful than the sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool.

The 27 year old will return to the Emirates for the first time as an opposition player on Monday night when the Gunners face West Brom, and the Arsenal manager spoke about the reasons for his move.

“He did not ask to leave, it was a mutual decision,” he said. “He wanted to play – he’s 27, or 28. You want to play at that age.

“It was a difficult decision but on the other hand when a guy has given you so many years you have to accept that if he is not sure to play.

“It is a fact that we have got Kolasinac, you cannot keep three left-backs.”

Having been at the club since he was a teenager, Gibbs was a player close to Wenger’s heart.

“Ideally you want stability and you want players who carry the values for the generations,” he said.

“Overall it’s true that with Gibbs (it hurt) more than Chamberlain because he had been educated at Arsenal from the age of 10.

“When he arrived he was a left-winger. I transformed him into a full-back because he was not necessarily rated as a guy who would make it as a left winger but I saw something in him that was very intelligent, with pace, that made me feel he could make it as a left-back.”

We hope he does well at West Brom, but not tomorrow night. Or he can do well tomorrow once the rest of his West Brom teammates do terribly. We’re kind like that.

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Arepp

Farewell GibbS! We’ll miss you!!

Goonerink

Is there any truth to the rumor Gibbs wanted to leave after being promised and subsequently dropped for the fa cup final?

adgonner

Alex Benchwarmer Chamberlain. I don’t know what this guy thought while rejecting Arsenal’s money and Chelsea’s trophies (& money). He is not starting there anyway and not even going to. He looks quite average to be honest. Won’t be surprised if he is seen playing for a bottom half side in the next 2-3 years.. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel for Ox, I am amply amused by the fact that there do exist people who make worse decisions in life than me..

Gooner

Unless you are on £120k a week as well I think he is still winning ;p

Ted E.

Although I am not a great fan of casually giving epithets to all previous players, I had a chuckle at Alex Benchblade Chambersub on twitter the other day.

Lord Bendnter

Gibbs scores a goal and gets an assist, as Ozil and Lacazette destroy West Brom’s right side of the pitch, putting a total of 7 goals past West Brom in a 7-2 thriller. Meanwhile, Gibbs watches in horror, while internally smiling and at peace.

eddymc2

When will Hypothetical Arsenal ever learn to defend as a team?!

Cliff Bastin

Internally smiling lol

Cowabunga

Gibbs came to Arsenal from Wimbledon when he was 15, not 10.

RosickyLegend7

Gibbo is Arsenal through and through and will always be a Gunner. Immensely loved by the fans, the manager and the players so I’m sure he’ll be given a positive reception on Monday. Wish him all the best for the future and hope he makes it back into the England fold. The likes of Gibbs, Theo, Wilshere and Ox (unfortunately) were all my childhood heroes and now I wipe a tear off my eye 🙁

Frankie Coffeecakes

Unfortunate that these are your “heroes”. You should have seen the real heroes of 15-20 years ago and earlier.

C.B.

You should have made yourself been born earlier so they you had different childhood heroes.

A different George

You should have made yourself been born earlier, in Brazil.

Ashish Chandra

Looking at current Arsenal left back, backups hurts even more…

Frankie Coffeecakes

Sometimes it is better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Arsene Wenger should really work on remaining silent.

Bob

Irony.

Frankie Coffeecakes

Thanks Bob, appreciate your humour.

Mpls

Fancy new quote you have there. Needs a little work on the context.

Saying nice things about a long time loyal and respectful player should never be seen as foolish.

Frankie Coffeecakes

Under Wenger Gibbs never realized his potential. Some might say due to injuries, but more rather due to poor coaching. My point had nothing to do with Gibbs but rather with Wenger and his comments.

As an overall it would be nice if Wenger remains silent, he talks too much and spouts nonsense as a given. Tell me you haven’t rolled your eyes with some of the things he says?

caligunner

What potential did he have? Like every 16-19yo potential? World Class, right? Until a coaches messes it up lol

Girouds Lovely Locks

By your logic, seems you quite fancy our owner.

MalaysianGooner

All the best to Gibbs.

Crash Fistfight

I thought Monreal was a centre back now? Isn’t that why we have to put Maitland-Niles there in the cup games?

Jack4343

He has handled himself well and I really wish him well. He’s quality enough to play in the Premiership I have no animosity towards him unlike some of the others that have left or are still here (I’m talking to you Debuchy) but I hope we smash his new team to bits tomorrow.

santori

We’ve had a number of good Academy products that have not been able to scale the heights as promised due to injuries.

Gibbs is one. Jack is another.

Currently we have another good crop coming through in Bellerin, Iwobi, Reiss Nelson not to mention Coquelin is a bit older but also unsung from the Academy. Then there is Maitland Niles who seems to slot in anywhere yet remains underrated.

Of course the unmentionable was Ashley Cole who continued our tradition of excellent leftbacks in whom Gibbs promised to keep.

Kolasinac (and the aging Monreal) buys us time to develop another.

Gordy

I think we should have kept him, we need two teams and playing youngsters out of position isn’t helping their development.

LeBruv

I share Wenger’s sentiments on Gibbs. He really could have been one of the best LB in the world – pace, rarely got beaten 1 on 1, good recovery skills. But his off-the-ball positioning really hurt him and I was disappointed that he never could improve on that.

PodB

Yeah he was totally out of position when he headed off the line v Hull and won us the FA Cup. A very under-rated player.

caligunner

He was just giving an opinion and you bring up one instance where he had a great moment? That proves his statement being wrong? lol

PodB

Watch him head two off the line v WBA … my point was he’s under-rated, not underachieving. Scored some great goals a but the final nail in his Arse* career was Nacho.

Naija Gunner

The number one loyal player at Arsenal, love the guy for life

Lula

You never really leave Arsenal when you’ve been there that long. It’s no big deal that he’s playing somewhere else. Unless he ends up at Spurs, he will always be Arsenal.

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