Serge Gnabry won’t be recalled by Arsenal, Arsène Wenger told the media on Friday morning.
The 20-year-old German has made just one Premier League appearance all season, coming off the bench against Chelsea, but will remain at West Brom under the tutelage of Tony Pulis.
Earlier this week, the West Brom manager told local journalists that the attacking midfielder isn’t “at that level” to get in his team, so Wenger has told Gnabry to prove his current manager wrong.
“Serge Gnabry is on loan at West Brom for the season,” Wenger said in his press conference when asked about the possibility of recalling Gnabry. “I heard that Tony Pulis is not happy with him.”
The Gunners have a bit of an injury crisis right now and Gnabry would be an incredibly useful option to have, but he’ll be staying at the Hawthorns.
“He has to change the opinion of Tony Pulis because I think that Serge Gnabry has the quality to play in the Premier League. He has shown that.
“It’s good that he faces this kind of battle because it will make him stronger if the turns the opinion of Tony Pulis around. I hope that he’s facing the challenge and is putting the effort in.”
Gnabry is a talented young player but has hardly played since early 2014 following a series of injuries. The lasting effect of those injuries remains to be seen, but surely he is good enough to be playing for West Brom?
We’ve all seen fantastic moments from his at Arsenal when he was just 18 and he’s capable of reproducing them as he recently did for Germany U21s.
Arsenal have a huge talent on their books, but he faces a big test to overcome Pulis’ doubts and win his place. Wenger’s right – if Gnabry turns Pulis’ opinion around, it will serve him will in the future.