Former Arsenal fan favourite up for sale

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Kieran Gibbs of West Bromwich Albion celebrates as he scores their first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City at The Hawthorns on November 27, 2019 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Kieran Gibbs of West Bromwich Albion celebrates as he scores their first goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City at The Hawthorns on November 27, 2019 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal fan favourite, Kieran Gibbs, will be allowed to leave West Brom this summer.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Kieran Gibbs of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion at Bramall Lane on December 14, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Kieran Gibbs of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion at Bramall Lane on December 14, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Kieran Gibbs, who is still only 30, has been put up for sale by West Brom with Slaven Bilic looking to reshape his squad as they bounce back into the Premier League after finishing second in the Championship.

The left-back joined Arsenal in 2004 from Wimbledon’s academy when he was just 15 and made his breakthrough into the senior side three years later.

He was sold to West Brom in 2017 for a fee of £6.75m after 13 years at the club, 229 senior appearances, six goals and 25 assists.

Since joining the Baggies, Gibbs has played 89 times, scoring five and assisting nine, but in the season just finished he played just 15 games. 14 of those were in the Championship and he finished the full 90 just seven times.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal's 3rd goal with Kieran Gibbs during the match between Arsenal and Hull City in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aaron Ramsey; Kieran Gibbs
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal’s 3rd goal with Kieran Gibbs during the match between Arsenal and Hull City in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Aaron Ramsey; Kieran Gibbs

Injuries, as they have a habit of doing with Kieran, played their part in him featuring in so few games across 19/20 and no doubt lie at the heart of Bilic’s decision to sell him. When he’s been fit, he has played and he would bring plenty of Premier League experience with him as West Brom step up again.

That being said, a club the size of West Brom can ill-afford passengers in England’s top division. Gibbs’ wages were also set to increase as a result of their return to the Premier League making him an even more expensive player that you sadly can’t really rely on to be fit.

Gibbs’ contract is set to expire next season so he should be a relatively cheap buy for another club if they are prepared to take a chance on him. Currently earning around £30kpw, he would likely be expected to take a paycut. He might even be offered a ‘pay-as-you-play’ deal.

At the time of writing, no clubs have been linked with him