Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has joined West Bromwich Albion for a fee in the region of £7 million. He has agreed to sign a four year contract with the Baggies as the Gunners outcast was a matter of subject for the last couple of weeks.
The Arsenal full back has been with Arsenal, his childhood team since an age of 14 years and it is to be believed that he was on the fringes in the Gunners squad after the arrival of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.
“They’ve made some good signings and I feel this is a good move for me,” said Gibbs.
“We have recruited another quality addition; an England player with bags of experience at Premier League and Champions League level,” said Albion chairman John Williams. Manager Tony Pulis have also been delighted with this signing as he admitted his interest in the England International.
Gibbs, the 10 time England cap winner was also in talks with fellow Premier League side Watford and Turkish club Galatasaray. The Hornets also agreed a fee with Arsenal but the move couldn’t materialize as both parties couldn’t agree personal terms.
Gibbs took on Twitter and took social media to express his gratitude towards Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. He made a statement saying-
“It has been an amazing journey to play for my childhood club since I was 14. I would like to thank Arsene Wenger for giving me the chance to start my career and fulfil a dream!
“Thank you to all the fans, the Arsenal staff and especially my team-mates who have been there during these special moments and have helped me through some tough times.
“Now it is time for the next chapter with West Bromwich Albion and I can’t wait to get started with the boys.”
The full back believes that under Pulis he will be able to rectify his flaws and become a better footballer.