Wenger-“It Will Be Strange Seeing This Star Player In The Opposite Side”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed it will be strange seeing Kieran Gibbs wearing the opposition shirt when he returns to the Emirates Stadium with West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

The left-back left Arsenal to join the Baggies this summer after spending the last 13 years with the Gunners.

Gibbs was on the final-year of his contract and was not offered a new deal and Wenger confirmed that it was one of the reasons for his departure.

Nacho Monreal was the Wenger’s preferred choice at left-back and this summer the club signed Sead Kolasinac.

“We didn’t offer him a new deal and that’s why he decided to go as well,” Wenger said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“It will be strange to see him in a different shirt because he is a player who has been educated here from a very young age.

“He has become an English international here. He has made a good career here and I believe that Arsenal is very proud for that and Kieran Gibbs can be proud,” the French coach added.

“What happened to Kieran Gibbs is he had been bothered a few times when he was in front of other players. Many times he was a regular player here, but he had some fitness worries as well and that stopped him here.”

Tony Pulis was delighted at having signed the defender, especially for a price of around £5m ($6.7m).

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