Serge Gnabry has signed for Werder Bremen on a permanent basis in a deal believed to be worth around €6.5m
The move comes just days after Arsene Wenger insisted he wanted to keep the player in North London and extend the 21-year old’s contract – words that now seem rather pointed in the wake of his news.
The German burst onto the scene during the 2013-14 season and excited with some excellent performances from the right-hand side, before he picked up a serious knee injury.
He suffered complications from that and did not make a single club appearance during the 2014-15 season, although he did make the German U21 squad for the European Championships.
Last season he went to West Brom on loan but failed to convince Tony Pulis, making just one brief Premier League appearance before the deal was cut short and he returned to Arsenal to play for the U21 side.
He shone at this summer’s Olympics, winning a silver medal and finishing with 6 goals, and it seemed that with the departure of Joel Campbell there was some room being made in the squad for him.
However, it seems his reluctance to sign new terms with Arsenal have forced the club’s hand and they’ve now sanctioned this permanent deal with the Bundesliga side.
There was talk of Bayern Munich involvement in the deal, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. We will update as and when that becomes more clear though.