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Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs makes West Bromwich Albion move

West Bromwich Albion have signed defender Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal in a deal reported to be worth up to £7 million.

Gibbs joined West Brom on a four-year contract after turning down a chance to move to Watford, with the transfer ending a 13-year Arsenal career that began in the club's academy.

The move should improve the left-back's chances of regular firstfootball after he was relegated to a back-up role at the Emirates for the past couple of seasons, and could resurrect his England career.

It also fills a major gap for West Brom manager Tony Pulis, who operated without a recognised senior left-back last season.

"I spoke to him and have always been impressed by him and how he goes about his work," Gibbs told West Brom's official website. "He's different to what I've had before and I feel he can develop me in certain areas I may be need work on. He can help me progress."

Pulis added: "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."

Gibbs had been widely expected to leave Arsenal after the summer signing of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke and did not feature in either preseason or any of their first three league games.

He leaves Arsenal having made 230 appearances since his League Cup debut in 2007, scoring six goals.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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