Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry admits that he does not regret leaving the Gunners for Bundesliga outfit Werden Bremen in the summer. The 21-year-old revealed that the club wanted to keep him at the Emirates but he insisted on a move away from London in search of better playing opportunities.
He opened up on his departure from North London in an interview to Kicker, “It was the right decision. Everybody who compares my development over the last four months to my time in England before that can’t come to a different conclusion.
“That was the main reason for the transfer – I wanted to get more playing time and it worked. 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.”
The winger has impressed so far with Werder Bremen and is expected to play a key role for the remainder of the season.
Gnabry fell down the pecking order at Arsenal after a few loan spells away from the Emirates and failed to live up to the expectations set by him in his early youth team days.
Gnabry proving his worth in Germany
Gnabry has had a brilliant start to the Bundesliga season and has already scored four goals this campaign. He also made his international debut for Germany earlier this month against San Marino and scored a hat-trick in a thumping 8-0 win for the world champions.
Germany head coach Joachim Loew was all praise for the youngster and said, “Gnabry has shown, also for Werder Bremen, he is dangerous and he scored his goals tonight. He has a good run at the moment.”
“I did not count on scoring three goals on my debut,” said Gnabry, “I am very happy. The last two years were difficult but now I’m playing many games and scoring goals. I hope it will continue.”
The 21-year-old was also the joint top-scorer and a silver medalist at the recently concluded 2016 Rio Olympics.
However, Bremen have struggled despite Gnabry’s good start this season and are currently in 16th position in the table. They have just won one of their last six matches and were held to a 2-2 draw by fellow strugglers Hamburg on Saturday.
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