Arsene Wenger says that Kieran Gibb’s rise from Arsenal Academy graduate to England international is reason enough for him to be proud of their former left-back.
After 13 years, and with 230 appearances to his name, the 27-year-old called time on his Gunners career last month sealing a switch to Monday’s opponents, West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking ahead of Gibbs’ return to the Emirates the boss admitted that it will be strange to see his former charge in another club’s colours.
“It will strange to see him in a different shirt because he is a player who has been educated here from a very young age,” said Wenger on Friday.
“I am sure that he will have great motivation and will have a huge influence at West Brom, and it can give another push to his career.
“He has become an English international here. He has made a good career here and I believe that Arsenal is very proud for that and Kieran Gibbs can be proud.
“What happened to Kieran Gibbs is he had been bothered a few times when he was in front of other players. Many times he was a regular player here, but he had some fitness worries as well and that stopped him here.”