Kieran Gibbs will make his return to the Emirates Stadium on Monday just four weeks after leaving the club, and Arsene Wenger has admitted it will be odd seeing the ex-Arsenal man in a West Brom shirt.
The left back joined West Brom from Arsenal during the summer transfer window, ending a 13-year stint with the club. He’s in line to start for the Baggies when they visit the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, and Arsene Wenger has admitted it’ll be strange seeing him in a different shirt.
Here's the boss on @KieranGibbs:
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 21, 2017
Gibbs joined the Arsenal academy in 2004 and made his first debut in 2007. He played in the League Cup that year, either as a left winger or as a left back, before eventually becoming back-up for Gael Clichy.
After Clichy joined Manchester City in 2011, Gibbs became first-choice left back. Unfortunately, he had frequent problems with injury and Arsenal eventually signed the more reliable Nacho Monreal in January 2013.
Since then, Gibbs struggled for regular first-team minutes. He only got starts when Arsenal rotate for cup games. The arrival of Sead Kolasinac last summer marked the end of Gibbs’ time at the club, as Arsenal allowed him to go. He had made more than 229 appearances for Arsenal.
Gibbs made his West Brom debut in their 3-1 defeat to Brighton, and got his first start in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with West Ham. He also started in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.