Kieran Gibbs, a former Gunners star, is a player West Brom Albion fans haven’t seen since he collected a red card for retaliating against James Rodriguez in their 5-2 defeat last month Everton at Goodison Park.

Kieran Gibbs has served his mandatory three-match suspension; the player was left out of the squad for their goalless draw against Burnley in the premier league last Monday. Following rumors of punishment, Slaven Bilic, West Brom manager, has come out to debunk the rumor and waved the idea that Gibbs is still being punished for his provocation and reaction at Goodison Park. Bilic added that Conor Townsend had given him no reason to change things in that area. Bilic maintained that people are trying to create something out of nothing, and it isn’t any punishment for his red card at Everton.

In the meantime, the coach further explains Kieran Gibbs and Charlie Austin’s roles at West Brom. With Kenneth Zohore on loan, Hal Robson-Kanu injured, Bilic hasn’t totally shut the door for Austin’s participation in the coming weeks and matches. Like Kieran Gibbs, Slaven Bilic has insisted that striker Austin could still have a big part to play in his West Brom plans for the current season.

The 31-year old Austin was wanted by other clubs in the summer transfer window. Still, he chose to stay in West Brom to convince Bilic of his potentials and that he deserves another chance in the English Premier League, having finished last season as West Brom’s highest goalscorer.

Bilic succinctly added that Charlie Austin would get his chance. The manager agreed that Charlie is working hard, keeping fit and being professional. He sees the player’s work in training. He ended the interview by reiterating that he is not punishing Kieran Gibbs for any reason whatsoever.