Serge Gnabry has taken a break from talking about why he left Arsenal to discuss why he joined them in the first place.

MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 23: Serge Gnabry of FC Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hertha BSC at Allianz Arena on February 23, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 23: Serge Gnabry of FC Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hertha BSC at Allianz Arena on February 23, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Speaking just a few days ago, Serge Gnabry admitted that he wanted to stay at Arsenal ‘in my heart’ but that it made sense to move despite being offered a new deal by the Gunners.

Now, he’s added to that interview by explaining why he moved to Arsenal three days before his 17th birthday.

“I wanted to take the risk,” Gnabry told Bild.

“Everyone told me that I would not prevail, because it would be too difficult in England and there is another football played.

“Nevertheless, I thought that Arsenal was a great club for me. Arsene Wenger gave young players a chance and let me play a football I liked. Attacking with a lot of possession.”

When Serge Gnabry left for Bayern Munich, via a backdoor deal that took him on ‘loan’ first, Arsenal fans were rightly annoyed. The club had stood by him for two years while he recovered from serious knee problems, he returned to fitness, starred at the Olympics and then buggered off.

Arsene Wenger tried to keep him, saying after the move, “We didn’t want to get rid of Gnabry, we wanted to keep him.

“But he was in the last year of his contract. We were close to extending his contract but finally he changed his mind and went to Werder Bremen.

“But I think we taught him a lot and I think if you ask him he would agree with that.”

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talks with player Serge Gnabry during a training session at London Colney on November 25, 2013 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talks with player Serge Gnabry during a training session at London Colney on November 25, 2013 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Speaking back in 2016, Gnabry explained very clearly why he left Arsenal and it wasn’t because he felt he was developing at Arsenal, quite the opposite.

“It was the right decision,” Gnabry told Kicker. “Everybody who compares my development over the last four months to my time in England before that can’t come to a different conclusion.” His comments came after he had just been handed his first German call-up and scored a debut hattrick.

“That was the main reason for the transfer – I wanted to get more playing time and it worked,” he continued.”Arsenal wanted to keep me, badly, but I had to look after my development.

“If a player does not perform well, a club has no sympathy and they do not want to keep him.”

When Gnabry moved to Werder Bremen it was rumoured to be a ‘back door’ move to Bayern Munich which all the parties denied before Gnabry moved to Bayern Munich the following season.

Since his arrival in Munich, the 23-year-old has nine goals and seven assists in 32 appearances. He has also played for the senior German team, scoring a remarkable five goals in six games.

At Arsenal, Gnabry made only 18 first-team appearances, scoring a single goal and creating two.

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