According to the Baggies boss, the Gunners had initially been demanding £12million for the 27 year old, but as deadline day approached, the price tag was lowered with Arsenal fearing they would lose out on a transfer fee with Gibbs’s contract expiring next summer. Pulis was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:
“The £12m Arsenal were talking about at the beginning of the season was too expensive. To get him for £5m over a period of time now is a good deal for us.”
Gibbs’s West Brom career did not get off to the best of starts, with his debut ending in a 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. The defender has been plagued by numerous injury problems over the years as well, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely glad they could offload a player who would not have played many games for the club this season, and who was reportedly earning £80,000 a week.