Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to see their side book their place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, at the same time extending their unbeaten run to four matches.
Arsene Wenger’s men suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Stoke City and Liverpool just prior to the international break, and already the pressure was on the Gunners boss to improve their fortunes and avoid a repeat of previous seasons.
Yet they have responded well with victories over Bournemouth, Koln, and Doncaster Rovers, the latter coming on Wednesday night thanks to Theo Walcott’s first half strike.
And some recent comments from Wenger in his pre-West Brom press conference (via Sports Mole) is sure to intrigue our resident Arsenal fans, as the Frenchman lifted the lid on why defender Kieran Gibbs moved to the Hawthorns during the summer.
The 27-year-old began his career at Arsenal back in 2004 before penning his first professional contract in 2007, from which he went on to appear 230 times for the Gunners, bagging six goals in the process.
However, the England international had struggled to dispose Nacho Monreal of the left-back starting berth in recent seasons, and with just a year left on his contract, the defender moved to Tony Pulis’ Baggies last month.
And Wenger has revealed the main reason why Gibbs choose to leave the Emirates Stadium, saying: ‘We didn’t offer him a new deal and that’s why he decided to go.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Arsenal fans, who will see Gibbs return to the club on Monday night when Pulis’ West Brom visit the Gunners going in search of a first win in three Premier League games.
Landlord’s verdict: Kieran Gibbs looked set to become England’s next left-back a few years ago, but things haven’t quite worked out for the ex-Arsenal star in recent times.
Injuries have thwarted his progress and he was ultimately unable to regularly dispose Nacho Monreal from the starting eleven, which has since seen him move on and join West Brom.
And ahead of Gibbs’ return to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that no contract offer prompted the 27-year-old to leave the club last month, which is likely to surprise Gunners fans given he was at the club for 13 years, and was still in the first team picture.
Nonetheless, he’ll be lining up against them on Monday night.
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