Is Serge Gnabry the one that got away?

After impressing as a young player for Arsenal and on loan at West Brom, Wenger wanted to extend his contract in the summer of 2016 but Gnabry wanted more first-team opportunities and opted to join Werder Bremen – the fee was 5 Million Pounds.

On his debut season at Bremen, Gnabry scored 11 goals in 27 matches, which attracted the attention of the German league ogre: Bayern Munich. for 8 Million Pounds in the summer of 2017. Once purchased by Munich, he was loaned out to Hoffenheim for the 2017-8 season where he scored 10 goals in 22 appearances in the league.

In 2018, Gnabry was finally presented as a Bayern Munich player and helped Bayern win the league with 10 goals (2nd goal scorer for Bayern) in 30 appearances.

In 2019, Gnabry really established himself as a clutch and key player for Bayern Munich. Impressing in the Bundesliga with 23 goals (45 appearances) across the league (12), champions league (9 and counting) and the Cup (2) as well as 10 assists.

So is Gnabry the one player that got away? Did we bet on the wrong horses (Oxlade? Walcott?Iwobi?Wellbeck) in the summer 2016?

In any case, I hope he does not do well on Sunday in the CL Final against PSG but there is, of course, some feeling of a lost opportunity with great consequences as Oxlade, Walcott, Iwobi, Wellbeck did not make the winger position their own at AFC and then we went on to buy Pepe for a hefty fee and I am sure that Pepe will be a very good player for us but if Gnabry was with us, then we may have saved a few millions…


16 Responses to Is Serge Gnabry the one that got away?

  1. RC78 says:

    There is a typo: He scored 23 goals across all competitions, not just in the Bundesliga…silly me!

  2. Robert Acedius says:

    Oh, You Asn’lhaters. FYM!

  3. Phil says:

    I for one get a bit bored with this narrative that comes out literally every single time he has a good game (especially in the CL).

    Yes, he ‘got away’, but it’s not all on him or all on Arsenal. He was unlucky with injuries, while we also made a questionable call to loan him to Tony Pulis. That being said, as fixed in his ways as Pulis is, I’m sure if Gnabry rocked up with the right attitude added to the talent he has, Pulis would have played him more.

    When you’ve struggled with injuries/opportunities and Bayern come calling (which is essentially what happened through Bremen), you’re obviously going to take it even if your current club wants to keep you.

    Also, why would you actively not want him to do well in the final??

  4. RC78 says:

    Rob? There is no hate in the post – actually, it was just pointing out that AW and AFC really wanted to keep him…and we avoid hate and insults on the blog as a general rule

  5. RC78 says:

    Hi Phil – I am a PSG fan so I want my team to win and for my team to win, Gnabry cannot have a good game 😛

    Gnabry has not had a few isolated good games…He has had 4 good seasons in Germany…He plays right forward and has scored double digits ever since making the move to the Bundesliga and his assists and dribbling record is not bad either

  6. LBG says:

    Thanks RC. Yes he got away! But 1. was not ready for the physicality of Premier League, although, did he get enough of a chance? But, 2. Is the German League, without the every week intensity, more suited to his ability. Bit like a Nelson for me. ie Question Mark’s!!

  7. LBG says:

    Find the assessment of the first couple of months fixtures as the “nightmare scenario” absolutely ridiculous!
    A new season, different squads, everything will be different. COYG, get into them!

  8. Phil says:

    RC oh that makes sense!

    I didn’t mean he’s only had a few isolated good games (as you say he’s been performing at a high level for years), I meant more that every time he has a good game in the CL it starts this same narrative. I guess it’s mostly because for a lot of fans that’s when they get alerted to how well he’s doing, but I think it’s time we all move on now!

  9. Chris okobah says:

    Arsenal is always making some bad judgements, Serge Gnabry was very good as a seventeen year old player with Arsenal, they chose to send him to the wrong club, on his return he was not given the opportunity to continue his development. I am seeing Arsenal making them same mistake with Guindozi, you must allow young players to develop when they have potential.
    Guindozi has already won many man of the matches as a teenager, now we want to throw him away.

  10. jjgsol says:

    Please be good enough to list the games that Guendouzi was declared man of the match, and by whom?

  11. jjgsol says:

    The general rule seems to have been that young players who leave us too early, end up going nowhere.

    There are exceptions to every rule, eg Andy Cole and Gnabry and there are precious few more.

    However, the vast majority of the others have not progressed their careers, either because they left too early, or because they were simply not good enough.

    The same applied to more experienced players, eg Hleb.

    The truth is that a really good career for footballers is limited to only a few.

    The rest are journeymen, who go from one club to another, earning a reasonable living but not being stars.

    The same applies to all professions.

    Usually, it is the player who decides to go, as with Cole and Gnabry, otherwise, the club does because not to do so would hold the player back from a reasonable future.

    Wenger made very few mistakes in the players he bought and sold, perhaps he was a very astute judge of character.

    I am amazed that some fans still think that bringing in 4 or 5 new players will mean in a drastic improvement when it takes a player a year and even more to settle in if he actually does, during which time the team does not progress.

    Untold showed a few months ago that all the teams that spent big last summer ended up lower in the table.

    When Wenger was buying one or 2 players a year, he was able to integrate them into the team, relatively quickly. 4 or 5 is asking for trouble, especially with an inexperienced manager.

    In any event, to buy these unknown prospects, we then have to sell players who have been improving, because, otherwise, the money is not there.

  12. LBG says:

    Gabriel having a medical!

  13. RC78 says:

    Gabriel – a signing for the future. He is a left-sided central back so he would basically be in direct competition with Mari. Saliba being in competition with Mustafi, Holding, Chambers…

    I like Gabriel but I d have been more excited about Koulibaly or Ruben Dias…

  14. Sue says:

    Nice one, RC 👍
    it does hurt watching Bayern and thinking what might have been… but I must admit t’s always nice seeing him spank the spuds and chavs 😉

    It’ll be a great final, for sure, RC.
    The chavs are interested in Thiago Silva and want to offer one year, with the option of a second. How do you feel about that?

  15. Akinzo says:

    We don’t have to feel bad that Gnarby is now Bayern player. What should be paramount to us is ensuring that the ones we have now turn out great proffesionals. We are currently not in position to keep players from leaving for other clubs. How many players would spurn the opportunity of playing for Bayern and similar clubs? Even if he had not left at the time he did he would have gone much later.

  16. RC78 says:

    Akinzo – I think your comment is very valid and is a good way to end the conversation on the Gnabry topic…

    New post everyone and good morning!

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