BBC Latest: English speed star seals Arsenal deal, 4-year deal signed

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Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £5m fee with West Bromwich Albion for the sale of out-of-favour defender Kieran Gibbs.

The England international was initially tipped to join Watford, but the move was called off due to disagreement over personal terms.

According to BBC Sport, the 27-year-old will now undergo a medical with the Baggies who have finalised a £5m sum for his services.

 Manager Tony Pulis had previously suggested that Gibbs was not on their wish list following an early setback, but it appears that the Gunners have reduced their valuation by three times in order to offload the left-back.

Gibbs has been more of a backup at the Emirates over the past few seasons with Nacho Monreal having established himself as the first-choice left-back.

With the new campaign, the likes of Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have occupied the left wing-back position, although they could change after the formation failed to work out at Liverpool.

Sead Kolasinac looks the first-choice to occupy the left side of the backline, and this could potentially push Monreal into a centre-back role with Bellerin on the right side of the backline.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to rivals Chelsea is likely to be completed in the next 24 hours, and the £35m deal could be considered as good business, given the attacker has not quite lived up to his expectation.

 Arsenal have not made any kind of movement in terms of new recruits this month, but the final couple of days could bring a player or two to the squad.

West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is the latest to be linked with a proposed move to the Emirates.


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