Former Arsenal winger, Serge Gnabry, has just signed a three-year deal with Bayern Munich and the Daily Mail have put a typically misleading spin on the story.
- Gnabry signs for Bayern from Werder Bremen for just £6.2m
- Scored 11 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances last season
- Reports claim he’s an Arsenal reject
- Winger had huge injury problems with Gunners
- Chose to leave for Bundesliga for regular football rather than stay and fight
The Daily Mail claims that Gnabry has fought back from ‘rejection’ at Arsenal, to signing a contract with Bayern Munich in the space of 12 months.
The latter part is true, he has gone from Arsenal, to Werder Bremen, and then the Bundesliga champions in the space of a year. However, to say the Gunners rejected him couldn’t be further from the truth.
When Arsenal signed Gnabry from Stuttgart in 2011, the exciting German caught everyone’s attention, making six appearances in the Reserve League, while scoring and assisting twice.
The next year, he went on to make his first appearance for the senior team, even playing seven minutes against Schalke in the Champions League.
However, the following season saw the teenager spend 196 days sidelined with knee problems, and his fitness took a knock.
Arsene Wenger was always a huge fan of Gnabry and in an attempt to get him some first team experience, he loaned the German out to West Brom.
His time under Tony Pulis, who claimed that the youngster wasn’t fit enough to play, couldn’t have gone worse and he only featured for 137 minutes during his loan spell with the Baggies. In January, seeing that the move wasn’t working out, Wenger recalled him.
Despite his lack of action, Wenger was still willing to take Gnabry back. The Frenchman could see the huge potential there and knew that if he could just get the player fit, he could be brilliant and challenge for a space in Arsenal’s first team.
Gnabry, on the other hand, was impatient. Instead choosing to force a move to Werder Bremen, who could offer him regular first team football, last summer.
That was his choice. Not Wenger’s, not Arsenal’s.
Rather than repay the boss for sticking by him through his injury woes, he jumped ship.
Gnabry rejected Arsenal, not the other way around.