Kieran Gibbs West Brom

Wenger: Kieran Gibbs Arsenal exit hurt more than Oxlade-Chamberlain’s

Transfer woes

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that it hurt more letting Kieran Gibbs leave the club than letting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave.

Oxlade-Chamberlain left for Liverpool during deadline day after Arsenal accepted a bid of around £40million for the Englishman.

The player was unwilling to sign a new deal at the Gunners as was willing to let his contract run down and leave on a free next year.

That forced Arsene Wenger into sanctioning a move for the player to leave for rivals Liverpool after he rejected a move to Chelsea.

Though, Wenger has admitted that the player’s departure did not hurt as much as Kieran Gibbs departure to West Brom.

Gibbs had fallen out of favour and his left-back spot looked impossible to break with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac ahead of him.

That meant that the player would have to leave the club for regular football, something Tony Pulis could offer him.

Though, Arsene Wenger wishes he never had to let the player go and that his departure hurt more than Oxlade-Chamberlain’s.

“Overall it’s true that with Gibbs (it hurt) more than Chamberlain because he had been educated at Arsenal from the age of 10,” he explained.

“He did not ask to leave, it was a mutual decision. He wanted to play – he’s 27, or 28. You want to play at that age.”

“It was a difficult decision but on the other hand when a guy has given you so many years you have to accept that if he is not sure to play.”

“Academy players carry the values that you think are important.”

“They are based on mental qualities, humility, respect and commitment.”

The future

As two of Arsenal’s former starlets leave the club, new potential stars are born.

One of those is pulling up trees in the Arsenal youth sides and even during some appearances in the first team.

Now, even Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes the player is destined for greatness.

Find out which Arsenal youth player that is here.