EPL 2016-17: Arsene Wenger didn’t want to sell Serge Gnabry
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has revealed that he never wanted to sell Serge Gnabry to Werder Bremen but insisted that he had to do it given the fact that the German whizkid was in the last year of his contract with the Gunners.
The newly-capped Germany international has been fine form ever since leaving the Emirates for Werder Bremen, scoring 4 goals in his first 9 games with the German club. His form prompted Joachim Low to call him up to the German national team and he responded to the faith shown in him with a brilliant hat-trick on his debut against San Marino.
Speaking to BT Sport, Le Professeur confessed that he always wanted to keep hold of his prized possession, and was very close in doing so, but the youngster changed his mind at the last moment, opening the exit door.
“We didn’t want to get rid of Gnabry, we wanted to keep him,” Wenger told BT Sport.
“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.”
The Frenchman also added that the Serge Gnabry learned a lot during his time with the Gunners, a fact that even the latter would agree on.
“I think we taught him a lot and I think if you ask him he would agree with that,” Arsene Wenger added.
I did not count on scoring three goals on my debut: Gnabry
When quipped about his newly found knack of scoring for both club and now country, Gnabry claimed that the last couple of years didn’t go as expected since he had to spend a lot of time warming the benches. He also, however, added that he didn’t expect to score a hattrick on debut with Germany and hopes that his fine form continues.
‘The last two years were difficult but now I am playing many games and am in scoring form. I hope it will continue.
‘I did not count on scoring three goals on my debut.’
Arsenal fans might feel like they have lost a potential world class talent, but they won’t be absolutely devastated by it since the performances of Alexis Sanchez at center forward this season have filled them with hope.
The Chilean has scored 8 goals in 13 appearances so far this season and has compelled Wenger to put French striker, Olivier Giroud, on the bench. The Gunners sit at number 4 with only two points behind league leaders, Manchester City.