After a summer transfer window rift with speculation of an Emirates exit, Kieran Gibbs was finally confirmed as a West Brom player on Wednesday afternoon in a move understood to cost £7 million.
It had been thought that the 27-year-old was on the brink of joining Marco Silva at Watford but, according to Sky Sports, the move broke down after the two clubs failed to agree personal terms.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has wasted no time in snapping up the England left-back to bolster his squad, with the Baggies’ official website confirming that Gibbs has signed a four-year deal at the club.
Speaking about his new arrival, the West Brom boss said:
“Kieran’s a good age and has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, represented his country and has Premier League and Champions League experience. To add these qualities to our squad is exactly what we’re looking for.”
As Pulis alludes to, the 27-year-old made 230 appearances for the Arsenal first-team since coming through the academy as a 14-year-old, winning three FA Cups and earning his debut England call-up.
And it was Gibbs himself who took to social media to confirm the news…
— Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs) August 30, 2017
With West Brom supporters pleased with their club’s business…
— Josh Tindall (@josh98tindall) August 30, 2017
It's looking like I might get an early night tomorrow if we complete all these deals. Very happy with Gibbs come on Tone keep going #WBA
— WBA1958 (@terrywoneill) August 30, 2017
In all seriousness Gibbs is a great signing. I reckon the Livermore signing has done wonders for us attracting English players #wba
— Hashtag Trend (@IamTils) August 30, 2017
Kieran Gibbs for £7m might be bargain of the summer.
— Chris Hopkins (@ChrisHopkins92) August 30, 2017
And some even more impressed with the price negotiated for him…
£7m for Kieran Gibbs in today's market is a great bit of business by WBA. Smart signing.
— James (@JCraggSport) August 30, 2017
Gibbs for £7m… in this market. Bargain for the Baggies.
— Danny T. (@King__Danny) August 30, 2017
Some, however, were looking ahead to another possible addition…
— Adam (@adam_wba) August 30, 2017
Dawson Hegazi McAuley Gibbs
Phillips Morrison Rodriguez
Undoubtedly the 8th best team in the league https://t.co/kBcAIEEC91
— tom (@TheTenRole) August 30, 2017
But on the flip side, Arsenal supporters were not happy with his exit…
guys like Gibbs & Ox that should've become pillars of the team instead being shipped out like cattle, sad.
— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) August 30, 2017
Gabriel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gibbs, Sanchez, Mustafi. Will the last one out please turn off the lights…?! ?
— Jason Brautigam (@DizzyJB) August 30, 2017
And praised him for his attitude during his 14-year stint in north London…
Thank you Gibbs. I know i may have criticized your style of play, but I loved the way you wore the shirt with passion. Never once bitched
— YaMesutYa (@Orignal10Mesut) August 30, 2017
Kieran Gibbs was a true professional, hampered by injury but always gave his best. The sort of character we need.
— Dan Smith (@DanJESmith) August 30, 2017
Some doom and gloom around obviously but take a moment for Kieran Gibbs, no crying from him, just got on with it.
— Cueball1 (@goonernumber31) August 30, 2017
What do you think West Brom fans? Is Gibbs an astute addition? Let us know below.