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Kieran Gibbs' Departure Hurt Wenger More Than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Move

Kieran Gibbs' Departure Hurt Wenger More Than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's Move

Once famed for their young British backbone, Arsenal lost two of those stalwarts in the last transfer window.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a high-profile deadline day move to Liverpool. Kieran Gibbs' move to West Brom was met with fewer headlines.

Gibbs was a product of Arsenal's youth system and spent his whole professional career at the club. In that time, the defender won three FA Cups and made over 130 appearances for Arsenal.

West Brom play Arsenal on Monday night at the Emirates, as Gibbs returns to the Emirates for the first time.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger admitted Gibbs' move away hurt him more than Oxlade-Chamberlain's even though the transfer fees were very different.

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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 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.

Monday night is sure to be an emotional one for both side with Gibbs' return. When the history books are written about the current Arsenal era, Gibbs wont be on the front page, but he will have played a key part.

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