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Kieran Gibbs' Departure Hurt Wenger More Than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Move

Kieran Gibbs' Departure Hurt Wenger More Than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Move”

The 27-year-old defender exited the Gunners on the eve of transfer deadline day, joining West Bromwich Albion for £6.75m after an initial deal with Watford had fallen through.

As a reminder, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal as a teenager after helping Southampton (back in the days before they were Liverpool's most frequent summer dance partner) win promotion to the Championship, while Gibbs moved to Arsenal's academy when Wimbledon FC went into administration.

"Overall it's true that with Gibbs (it hurt) more than Chamberlain because he had been educated at Arsenal".

Arsene Wenger has described the Champions League as "routine" for many teams, particularly in the group stage ahead of this week's European games.

'When he arrived he was a left-winger.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has yet to start a league match for his new club while Gibbs gets the chance to make a point to his old boss tonight when he returns to the Emirates for the first time as a West Brom player.

Asked if letting Gibbs leave felt like losing a family member, he said: "Of course".

He said: "From Thursday to next Sunday we will be short and I will have to make some decisions in the Europa League to give us a chance to recover between the two games".

"You look at the players who performed here and left". He wanted to play - he's 27, or 28. I transformed him into a full-back because he was not necessarily rated as a guy who would make it as a left winger. "Plus real team play and focusing on a collective way". "You want to play at that age".

"It was a hard decision but on the other hand when a guy has given you so many years you have to accept it".

"It is a fact that we have got Kolasinac, you can not keep three left-backs (along with Monreal)".

"You can not sacrifice deliberately any competition with the pressure that every club is under now", Wenger told reporters ahead of Arsenal's home match against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday.



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