Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs is reportedly the subject of interest for West Bromwich Albion this summer, with the Midlands outfit stepping up their pursuit for a left-back.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are willing to sell Gibbs following the impending arrival of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke 04. The England full-back has played second fiddle to Nacho Monreal for most of the season and hasn’t impressed enough in his limited appearances (eight Premier League starts) to convince Arsene Wenger to retain him.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has long been shopping for a left-back, having previously stumbled upon former Leicester City man Jeffrey Schlupp who eventually joined Crystal Palace. Albion were also linked with Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor but the Baggies might opt for a player with excessive top-flight experience.
Gibbs, also a target for Newcastle United, finds his career at a crossroads with his contract having 12 months left.
It’s clear his future at Arsenal is over given the lack of gametime in recent seasons, but he’s remained at the club regardless. The 27-year-old has been at Arsenal his entire senior career and seems content to play a reduced role.
However, game time will all but allude him after Kolasinac joins in the summer which could make up his mind to end a 13-year stay at Arsenal. West Brom have played right-footed Nyom as a makeshift left-back and are desperate for a natural in the role to shore up the defence.