Serge Protection : Gnabry recalled from West Brom loan


According to The Telegraph, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion have agreed to prematurely end Serge Gnabry’s season-long loan.

Seemingly struggling to impress Tony Pulis, the Germany under-21 international has only made one start and three substitute appearances since moving to the Hawthorns in the summer.

Gnabry, who has 19 first team appearances to his name at Arsenal, is set to return to the Emirates in the coming days to discuss his options for the second half of the season. While the Gunners have injury problems it’s likely he’ll look for a new loan deal, possibly in the Championship.

At the end of October, Wenger denied suggestions he’d recall Gnabry just because he wasn’t playing regularly.

“Serge Gnabry is on loan for a season,” he said. “We cannot get him back, before the transfer period anyway.

“Loans between Premier League clubs are season-long loans. I have heard that Tony Pulis is not happy with him.

“He [Gnabry] has to change his opinion because I think Serge has the quality to play in the Premier League and it’s good that he faces this type of challenge, to change Tony Pulis round, and I hope he is putting the effort in.”

Given Pulis’ favoured 10-1 formation usually features at least seven centre halves in the starting XI, it was never likely to be a match made in heaven.

At 20-years-old Gnabry still has time on his side to resurrect his Arsenal career, however, since suffering a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the best part of a year he’s struggled to find the dynamic form that saw him burst onto the scene three years ago.

The recall is probably more to do with allowing Mathieu Debuchy to go on loan to West Brom, to comply with Premier League rules that say only one player from any club may be loaned to another.

The Frenchman, as we reported at the weekend, is expected to seal a deal to spend the rest of the season with Tony Pulis’ side.


    • Fuck that tracksuit wearing cunt.

      Get Serge back off of those footballing morons. Pulis clearly has no idea how to bring through a young talented player.

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  1. I guess this confirms Debuchy rumors – the man in the cap can’t have 2 of our players at once.
    What next for Gnabry? Stick around and rotate Joel Campbell or another (championship?) loan? Would be a big step to cover back into the side after so little football.

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    • He’s far more likely to be back into a new loan unless he can magically impress in a very short amount of time. In a season like this we’re far better off trying to get Ox back on form, especially once Alexis is back.

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  3. Why give that neanderthal a genuinely talented footballer in the first place? He made rory delap a thing in the premier league ffs.

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  4. Serge Gnabry is a gunner,he was born and bread in the gunners football philosophy of good football.How do you expect a 20 year old who has learned nothing but good football to suddenly change and be a star in a team of rugby players? Big joke gooners!

    Gunner by birth

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    • I think it is to show them how life is like when you are not at a football club like Arsenal. That makes them appreciate the opportunity given here more because what is talent for Arsenal is garbage for people like pulis. Shows what it takes to succeed in this league. I believe serge can make it. If he really wants to I guess he can even make it to the euros. Not kidding.

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  5. Real shame his injury last season cut off his progress so severely, imo he’s 3 times more talented than Ox, Campbell and all our other wings, just really needs some playing time to get back to it.

    Let’s see who gnabs him next.

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    • when has he ever proved that? both players were at the world cup and have played cl football. Gnabry has done nothing to deserve the hype at the moment and in my book has more to prove than OX and is just in front of Iwobi. he still has loads to do.

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      • He did it in a short 10-game or so stretch two seasons ago when he turned in great performances nearly every time and even scored and assisted a couple. And note I said ‘talented’, as in has great potential, not ‘already amazingly brilliant’. Ox and Campbell have done much more in their careers so far but neither has displayed the combination of impressive pace, strength, technical ability, vision and good decision making that Gnabry did in that stretch. Campbell has come closer but doesn’t have quite the same aptitude to get past defenders. Will he necessarily be better than them? No, but if all goes well (a big if) then he should be.

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        • I agree he looked good when he played for us in that brief spell but Ox has impressed more against CL league opponents and International opponents in terms of pure talent and Campbell shone at the World Cup and CL last yr and in Greece where i think he won a title. Thats a lot of experince at a much higher level than Gnabry has faced. I like the kid (and he might turn out to be better) but st this moment just dont believe he is 3 x better than Ox or Campbell, if that was the case the boss would have kept him and Ox would be out on loan. Given Ox poor form, mabe that was a better option, obviously the boss didnt think so.

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          • For the last time, three times MORE TALENTED, not better.

            Also, you might recall Joachim Low was very much considering calling him up to the German national team for the World Cup, which they went on to win, before he got injured. Gnabry was 18 at the time. Do you think Campbell or Ox could’ve made the German squad at any point in their careers? Didn’t think so.

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          • Absolutely agree.

            Two seasons ago is a long time.

            Presently Gnabry has not done enough. he has increase competition from his ranks in the Academy too. Akpom looks hungrier, Iwobi, The Jeff, Benacer are all younger hopefuls with potential.

            Ox and Campbell are way ahead mainly due to experience.

            The Ox has not fulfilled his massive potential YET but shows glimpses of it. Campbell is more responsible with the ball but on his day, the Ox’s close control/forward running skill causes mayhem. Trouble is it also causes mayhem when he elects to do it from our backline. Its a question of choies on the pitch for him. He will get better with more games.

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      • Two years ago, Serge Gnabry was a frequent member of the squad, if not a consistent starter. He scored the first goal at Swansea when we beat them 2-1 early in our long run at the top of the Premier League, and many of us thought then he was something rather special.

        Nothing since then has happened to change my mind.

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      • If Gnabry was from Costa Rica or any other South American team (except Bra & Arg) or even African country he would have surely made it in the national team. He is from on earth would he get in that team..He defends responsibly and attacks really well..he will surely be one great player..

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  6. I worry for Debuchy — it’s normal for him to want to play regularly and be selected for the Euros, but I’m not entirely sure he’ll be guaranteed a starting place at WBA.

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    • Jenkinson is a very limited player more suited for West Ham.

      When Debuchy leaves (on loan or otherwise), Chambers is likely to revert to his natural position at RB.

      He has more potential than Jenkinson as a surrogate to Bellerin. Chambers is more intelligent with the ball, technical and plays with his head up.

      The move back to Rback may be better for him as his nomadic journey around our squad positions has frankly hindered his growth.

      Particularly with a new mid coming in, Chambers will again find opportunity scant in central areas as he now has with Gabriel able to rotate through Meterscielny.

      So Rback is a likely resumption of his growth as a player. I think the overall benefit though of his utility role over last season and this will help him at Rback.

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  7. This kid will make it at arsenal. Wenger believes in him and I think is time he comes home and fight for a spot. He played forst team football as an 18 year old andBthe talent was there for all to see. Who was the last Arsenal loanee to shine at a championship club?

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  8. I don’t think since coming back (from injury) he has done enough.

    He may find himself behind some other players coming through as the competition is stiff. Akpom, Iwobi, the Jeff are all vying for a wide berth in the first team.

    In his favour (like the others) he is still young.

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  9. Wide areas is getting increasingly competitive.

    We have Alexis coming back, Ox and Campbell are to me about even maybe the Costa Rican slightly more responsible with the ball but the Ox can create mayhem on his day with his running.

    The fourth spot is really Walcott’s. He is deployed as a striker too but with Welbeck (when) he comes back, I think the hold up play is better with Giroud and Danny whilst Theo is a different type of option. Really he is a quasi-CF able to add something different through the middle but also should be able to reap goals from wide (much like Alexis)

    So we have 4 on the wings with all fit. I believe there will be a fifth spot for an understudy from academy to try and make an impact. At present, Iwobi has been given some chances. Gnabry, The Jeff (on the bench but still very young) and Akpom are all also candidates to take the spot. Wenger sent them off on loan rightfully to learn from hard knocks. None have made massive impact on their loan so far. I believe there is also (Jeff’s compatriot) Benacer who is showing very good potential in academy. So we are packed with attacking hopefuls. As a percentage game, one of them could come through.

    If not it isn’t difficult to fill in the gap from market in the summer too. Neither Alexis, Walcott, Ox or Campbell are close to 30 so there is plenty of time left before we have to consider rejuvenating this area.

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    • @Santori
      I usually find myself agreeing with your comments but I’m going to half to disagree with you slightly about Joel and the ox. I don’t think they’re about even right now. Joel is far ahead of him in maturity and composer( not to mention end product and defensive capabilities/overall awareness). im a fan of the ox but I think you’re downplaying Joel’s capabilities. We’ve yet to see him really demonstrate his attacking prowess fully. I agree with the ox seeming more explosive, like serge, but ox seems significantly closer to raw than he does first team reliable. Not a knock on him, just what his play is demonstrating . let us be honest as well, he’s been around Arsenal for a good while now. I’m not by any means giving up on him but we also can’t deny the fact his progression over the years has been minimal(a good runner yes but has his first touch or distribution improved at all? Honestly not really) . I would even go as far as saying gnabry did more in the Arsenal first team before his injury than ox has done over his whole Arsenal career. Gnabry would’ve been a starter. We keep talking about potential for him but Joel is just a year older and gnabry is 2 younger. They both have potential as well. Just food for thought.

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      • I don’t think he has disregarded Joel’s talents at all. I think the problem is people don’t understand thy are so different players with different capabilities. Joel’s much more of a link player and likes to hold the ball up and bring his team mates in with his distribution (more creative) if anything I’m not surprised he plays CF for his national team. He also combines that with good defensive work. The OX on the other hand is very much more a dribbler who likes to run with the ala Sanchez and create mayhem for the opponents fullbacks.i agree Joel at this point in time is ahead of Sanchez but I believe Wenger picks him is 1. Defensive capabilities and 2. Being abit more responsible with the ball. though I have to quite frankly say the bashing on this site to some of our players is silly really especially players like the Ramsey / the OX who has been riddled with injured and never got a good run of form going.hes in a low run of form at the moment so the best we can do is get behind him.

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        • I see what you’re saying but I think there’s a large difference between bashing and criticism. When a comment about a player isn’t positive or someone holds a player responsible for a mistake, it’s somehow bashing. Honestly, the ox hasn’t received “bashing”, people are just slowly beginning to question whether or not he’s the player we all thought he was or has the potential to be. When you talk about bashing, Joel should be the name that comes to mind. He wasn’t good enough without anything close to a fair shot. Ox has had significantly more time on the pitch overall at Arsenal than Joel. I agree that they are different types of players, that said ox’s advantage is offensively right? With less opportunities, Joel’s been more productive than the ox without being in scintillating form either. that’s not bashing, it’s stating the situation. With regard to Ramsey, his poor perfomances have been downplayed overall and his good perfomances praised and even overblown at times. He has tendencies to do things that can hurt the team, people make comments about those tendencies not changing. That’s not bashing

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  10. We need all the bodies we can get for this title running. Second half of the season will be much tougher than the first.

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  11. Gnarby was massively overweight when he came back after injury – really unprofessional. A lot of people have a blind spot when it comes to our players. I guess this means the Debuchy loan is happening which seems unnecessarily reckless from Wenger unless he has a replacement locked in already.

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  12. We guys really got to stop bashing the Ox!!!! We might come to regret it when he is playing for Liverpool or something like that!!!!!

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  13. Such a waste of talent sending him to work under a rugby boss.. His style would have never suited to a ball playing championship side will make sense..or would thrive for Bournemouth if they want a quality winger..

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  14. Bournemouth, Swansea, Newcastle, Villa are all three sides who play something resembling actual football who are in need of a quality winger and attacking impetus. Could see him improving every one of those sides tbf, although not sure how much that’s saying!

    Obviously that would be preferable to a Championship loan but it really does depend on how that knee injury has affected his confidence as I don’t think I’ve seen him play since he returned.

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  15. I think it might have a lot to do with getting BFG and Özil to help him through this bad spell and that he needs that support at this stage in his development. If he goes out on loan again, Dortmund please.

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