Arsene Wenger says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arsenal exit was not as painful as Kieran Gibbs’ departure to West Brom.
Gibbs left for the Hawthorns in a £7m deal on the penultimate day of the transfer window, with Oxlade-Chamberlain following him out the door when he made a Deadline Day move to Liverpool for £35m.
Despite Oxlade-Chamberlain featuring more than Gibbs under Wenger last season, Wenger admitted losing Gibbs hurt him more.Full-back Gibbs came through the ranks at Arsenal before breaking into the first team at 18 and going on to represent the club 230 times in all competitions.
“Ideally you want stability and you want players who carry the values for the generations,” Wenger said ahead of Gibbs’ return to the Emirates with Tony Pulis’ West Brom
“Overall it’s true that with Gibbs (it hurt) more than Chamberlain because he had been educated at Arsenal from the age of 10.