German starlet Serge Gnabry turned down the chance in the summer to move back to the club he left in 2011, instead taking the opportunity to break into the Arsenal first team.
In the absence of Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry has been able to be more involved with Wenger’s side after a promising pre-season. He has so far grabbed his opportunities with both hands opening his Premier League goal scoring account against Swansea recently and will get a number of chances to impress this season.
Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart are reportedly keeping a tab on the exciting 18-year-old that left their academy two years ago with an eye to offer him regular first team action. But so far the German youth international has resisted the temptation to return to his homeland, choosing to ply his trade under the tutorship of the highly acclaimed Arsene Wenger.
Stuttgart Director Jochen Schneider told BILD:
It is a fact that he had the chance to return to our club – again over the summer.
He decided to stay on at Arsenal and try to force his way into their first team. Everyone should respect the decision Serge Gnabry has taken.
We are still monitoring him and his progress. But there is little doubt that it would be very difficult to re-sign him in the future if he keeps up the good work and turns into an Arsenal regular.
It is instrumental that the Gunners can hold onto the exciting Gnabry, he will be a big player and is already a regular member within the squad. Wenger opted to promote the strong, pacey midfielder to the first team rather than buy a replacement for Gervinho, and he has so far repaid the faith by producing on the pitch. He still is quite a raw talent, but has the potential physically and mentally to be a big player over the next few seasons.
Like his doppelgänger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the former Stuttgart academy graduate will eventually drift into more central roles as he establishes himself as a regular player in the future. For the time being it seems he will get his chance on the wing under Wenger which will certainly justify his decision to remain in north London, however for the remainder of this season he looks primed for Capital One Cup and FA Cup duties with a host of experienced wingers closing in on their returns to the side after the international break.
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