Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal didn’t offer Kieran Gibbs a new deal this summer.

While Wenger admits that it’ll be strange seeing Gibbs in a West Brom kit on Monday, since he was at Arsenal from the age of 14, the Gunners didn’t offer him a new deal ahead of his move to Tony Pulis’s side.

“We didn’t offer him a new deal and that’s why he decided to go as well,” revealed Wenger in his Thursday morning presser.

Gibbs had no choice but to leave as the left-back had under a year left on his Arsenal deal. If he stayed, he’d not only leave on a free, screwing the club he’d been at since he was a teenager out of a transfer fee, but he’d also most likely not play competitive football for at least another year.

While it’s always a shame to let products of the academy leave, Gibbs was never getting into the first team ahead of Nacho Monreal and new boy, Sead Kolasinac.

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Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger (R) gestures alongside Arsenal’s English defender Kieran Gibbs during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in London, on April 30, 2017. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

While the 27-year-old had moments where he looked like he could become an exciting player, they were marred by his proneness to injury. During his final season at Arsenal, he made just 11 Premier League appearances.

Despite alleged issues with the Englishman’s wages, which apparently priced Watford out of the running, Gibbs finally signed for West Brom on 30 August for £7m.

He’s since made three appearances for the Baggies and got a full 90 minutes under his belt in their League Cup clash against Manchester City on Wednesday night, which they lost 2-1.

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