Arsene Wenger says he’s looking to extend Serge Gnabry’s contract at Arsenal once he’s returned from international duty at the Rio Olympics.
The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a loan move to Hertha Berlin since impressing in Brazil where his six goals have helped Germany to reach Saturday’s gold medal match with the host nation.
The return to form comes as a real boost for player, club and country after a frustrating injury-hit two years that have brought into question his ability to deliver on early potential.
Speaking to the press ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Leicester, Wenger made clear that Gnabry will not be leaving the Emirates.
“Gnabry? I want to keep Serge Gnabry and to extend his contract,” he said.
“We stood by him for a long time. You know, he went to West Brom and didn’t get a game.
“We built his confidence when he came back and I allowed him to go to the Olympic Games without having played for us at all, to get him back to competition and to help Germany.
“He’s been here for a long-time and it’s important he stays with us.”
In reaching the Saturday’s final, Gnabry is guaranteed at least a silver medal. By our reckoning, it makes him the fourth Gunner of the modern era to secure a medal at the Olympics following in the footsteps of Kanu (Gold, Atlanta 1996), Lauren (Gold, Sydney 2000) and Park Chu-young (Bronze, London 2012).
Do correct us if we’ve forgotten anybody.