Serge Gnabry is full of compliments for Arsene Wenger and has explained why he joined Arsenal at such a young age.
Gnabry was just 16-years-old when he left Stuttgart’s academy to join Arsenal.
The German winger excited many during his time in our youth teams, and eventually earned a call-up to the senior squad.
He made 18 first team appearances for the club and looked a highly promising talent.
Unfortunately, a lengthy knee injury and a terrible loan spell at West Brom curtailed his progress.
He left the club for Werder Bremen in 2016, and did so well he was signed by Bayern Munich a year later although there were reports that the initial move was funded by Bayern in the first place, a charge the Germans denied despite the fact they signed Gnabry 12 months later as the rumours reported they would
Looking back on his time at Arsenal, Gnabry explained that he couldn’t pass up the chance when it came along.
“I was 16 and remember that when I received an offer from Arsenal, I couldn’t believe it,” he said, as reported by Fichajes.
“I had no doubt because it’s an ideal scenario for any young player who wants to make a name for himself and work with a coach who relies so much on the youth team.”
Despite not being able to nail down a place in the Arsenal first team, the 22-year-old is still very complimentary of Arsene Wenger.
“He’s one of the best coaches in the world and has a vision for great talent. I was fortunate to work under him.
“He’s a wonderful coach. There are many people who support him because they know he always looks for the best for Arsenal.”
Gnabry is certainly one that got away from us.
He had the ability to play for the Arsenal first team, and could be featuring for us right now had things gone differently.
He’s now on loan at Hoffenheim and seeking to impress the staff at Bayern Munich. So far this season he has three goals and three assists in 12 Bundesliga games. Overall, he has four goals and three assists in 17 matches.