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.