Arsene Wenger has revealed his regret that Serge Gnabry refused a contract extension at Arsenal back in 2016.
The Germany international left the Emirates Stadium for Werder Bremen that year on a free transfer. He eventually made an €8m move to Bayern Munich only a year later.
Following a loan move to Hoffenheim, Gnabry has now established himself as a key player for Bayern and Germany.
Indeed, the 25-year-old has played a major role in guiding his side to the Champions League final against PSG. The winger has scored nine goals and added two assists ahead of the showpiece game on Sunday.
“He’s creative, he can score goals, right-footed, left-footed, good power, good penetration, very, very clever with the timing of his runs. His tendency was a bit too easy, like I told you about with young, talented players.
“But he has matured a lot and he is one of the dominant players now in Germany.
“No, no [I didn’t want to let him go]. We had an agreement with him. I had given him out on loan to West Brom and he didn’t play a game, came back, he was injured.
“We worked with him very hard for six months and he went out with the German national team under-21s. Bayern made a deal with Bremen and in the end he didn’t want to extend the contract [at Arsenal].
“I was very sad that we couldn’t get over the line with him because I knew that he would have a great future. He can play No 10, he can be a No 9, he is a very intelligent player.”
TRIO FACING ARSENAL EXIT AS GABRIEL DEAL NEARS
Arsenal have moved a significant step closer to the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes after details of the transfer were revealed.
Reports have linked several clubs with a move for the 22-year-old, who has impressed in the last 18 months.
Initially, Manchester United and Everton were keen as they look to bolster their respective defences. However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allegedly holds concerns about a move.
Arsenal have shown interest throughout and, more recently, Napoli have also joined the race. In any case, Lille president Gerard Lopez has confirmed that the player is leaving.
However, it emerged on Tuesday that it was Arsenal had won the race for the player after striking a deal.