Arsene Wenger has claimed that manipulation from Bayern Munich led to former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry leaving North London in 2016.
Gnabry was promoted to the Gunners‘ first-team in the summer of 2013 having been seen as a potential star in the side, but his tenure at the club turned sour and he was eventually offloaded to Werder Bremen following an uninspiring loan spell at West Brom.
The attacker ended up at Bayern from Bremen and now stars for the German champions, scoring four in a Champions League rout of Tottenham earlier this month.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger lifted the lid on the real reason why he believes Gnabry’s Arsenal career didn’t turn out as it could have done.
“We tried to extend [Gnabry‘s] contract for a very long time and I think that Bayern manipulated behind the scenes, that if he went to Bremen he would join Bayern after,” the former manager said.
“He was always a very talented boy who lacked confidence in some stages, but we always thought we had a player who could achieve a lot.
“He came back from a very bad experience on loan at West Brom where his confidence was destroyed. I tried to rebuild him because I believed in him.”
Gnabry, who has scored five goals and assisted four others so far for Bayern this season, has netted 18 times in 51 appearances overall for the German club.
Meanwhile, Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos has hinted that he could look to stay at the club at the end of the season, rather than heading back to Real Madrid.
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