"Look, he has become an England worldwide here, he made a good career here and I believe that Arsenal is very proud of that and Kieran Gibbs can be proud".
As a result of seeing limited game time, a man who netted 30 times for the club in all competitions last season has just one Europa League effort to his name this term.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has claimed the Champons League is not as attractive as it was, with many now watching "only one or two games".
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There is some pressure on Arsenal as they wrap up the Premier League weekend after all of their title rivals picked up three points with varying degrees of alacrity.
Tony Pulis will become the first ever West Brom manager to rack up 100 Premier League games in charge of the Baggies on Monday night, and it's hard to criticise the body of work he has produced since taking the helm.
The 36-year-old went onto make 365 senior showings for the Villans before his £12.5m move to Manchester City in 2009, where he appeared 132 times and lifted the Premier League trophy in 2012.
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Wenger has spoken effusively of Aaron Ramsey's performances since the start of the season and there is a growing feeling that the Wales worldwide is slowly returning to the form of 2013/14 when he was among the Premier League's most complete midfielders.
West Bromwich Albion have won just five of their last 35 Premier League away matches (W5 D14 L16). Arsenal do not have any players serving a suspension. Defensivelly they look good with the exception of the no show against Liverpool. He is now level with Ryan Giggs on 632 appearances.This will be the 10th time that Tony Pulis has managed a team at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.
"We forget sometimes that Alex is still a very young player and that there's a lot more to come from him".
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