Arsene Wenger names the player he misses more than the Ox
Arsene Wenger has claimed he misses Kieran Gibbs more than he misses Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who of course left the club for Liverpool this summer in a £40 million deal.
He was speaking to Sky Sports, and claimed it was because the player spent longer at Arsenal, and he felt as though he developed him from the age of ten.
Wenger said: “Overall it’s true that with Gibbs [it hurt] more than Chamberlain because he had been educated at Arsenal from the age of 10.
Wenger spoke about Gibbs and said: “When he arrived he was a left-winger. I transformed him into a full-back because he was not necessarily rated as a guy who would make it as a left winger.
“But I saw something in him that was very intelligent, with pace, that made me feel he could make it as a left-back.
“They [Academy players] carry the values that you think are important, which are based on mental qualities, humility, respect and commitment.
“And as well football qualities which means you always try to play in a positive way. Plus real team play and focusing on a collective way.
“Of course losing Gibbs is like losing a member of the family.
“And I believe that for them it must be difficult to make that step as well.
“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.”
The Ox has of course made the move to Liverpool, and the jury is certainly out on the success of said move, with fans trolling him thus far, but manager Jurgen Klopp taking his side and saying the player only needs time to get used to the system.
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