Reports earlier this week suggested that Serge Gnabry would return from his unsuccessful loan spell at West Brom after agreement had been reached between the two clubs.
The young German barely played for The Baggies since joining last summer, and it was thought that his return to Arsenal might precipitate another loan spell with Brighton in the Championship thought to be interested.
Indeed, Tony Pulis hinted as if it were to be cut short, saying, “The clubs are still talking.
“For the kid, if you speak to him, he wants to play week in week out. It’s very difficult to guarantee someone that week in week out.
“He picked up an injury before he came and he was a little bit weighty, a bit heavy and it took us a while to get him into that mode.”
However, speaking today Arsene Wenger cast some doubt on the situation, saying, “He’s on loan at West Brom, a year-long loan. We have a commitment.
“The player wanted to go there. We have a commitment with West Brom.
“If they want to cancel the loan, they have to contact us and speak about it. But at the moment, we are not there.”
Chances are this is more of a financial issue, with some contractual/wage-related nuts and bolts to be ironed out.
Ultimately, it’s probably in the interest of all parties that Gnabry might end up somewhere that he can actually play a bit of football.