Kieran Gibbs has been officially unveiled as a West Bromwich Albion player after completing a permanent transfer to the fellow Premier League side.
The 27-year-old has been on Arsene Wenger’s departure list for the majority of the summer and after meeting with Tony Pulis yesterday, Gibbs is ready for a new challenge.
Despite this being a transfer we all expected to go through, Gibbs’ exit wasn’t exactly straightforward after appearing to be agree a switch to Watford earlier this week.
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Arsenal had accepted a £7million offer from The Hornets but the deal broke down once the left-back attempted to negotiate personal terms due to his £60,000-per-week wages at Arsenal.
However, BBC Sport’s David Ornstein confirmed yesterday that Wenger accepted a lower offer of £5million from the Baggies to accommodate for Gibbs’ large wage bill.
Gibbs has been a fantastic servant for the club over the last 13 years and having joined the academy from an early stage was one of Wenger’s proudest British assets along with Jack Wilshere.
The defender will now want to push on for a World Cup spot by getting plenty of game time under Pulis’ new-look side, who will be pushing for a top 10 finish this season.