It seems that Arsenal may well have made a big mistake in the transfer market last summer. The Gunners decided to allow young German attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry to join Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.
While his club are near the bottom of the German top-flight table, Gnabry has been doing more than most to drag them up the league. In fact, on Friday night he scored a brace to help Werder record a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Developing into a very good player in Germany
Gnabry has now scored ten goals in the Bundesliga this season in his 21 appearances. His performances this season prove that the youngster, who showed flashes of his ability for the Gunners, is turning into a very good player.
He has been that impressive for Werder that he has become a full Germany international and scored a hat-trick on his debut against San Marino. Regular first team football seems to have brought the best out of the attacking midfielder.
He never really had a sustained run in the first team at Arsenal and even struggle to break into the West Brom team during a loan stint, so maybe minutes on the pitch was all he needed to bring out that supposed ability.
Favourable stats to Arsenal wingers
In front of goal, Gnabry has now outperformed Arsenal wingers Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi this season.
In fact, between Oxlade-Chamberlain and Iwobi have just five goals between them in the Premier League this season. Walcott has been slightly more prolific with eight goals but still lags behind the youngster by two goals.
The trio are the players that Gnabry would have been competing with for a first team place this season if he had of stayed. He has shown in the Bundesliga he is capable of playing at a high level.
Arsene Wenger might have missed a trick
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was once famed for his ability to develop young players. He may have missed a trick with Gnabry, though.
It may have been the player’s decision to leave and not the clubs to sell. However, with Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four in doubt (they are odds of evens to make the top-four) another in-form attacking player may have been a very useful asset indeed.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, the young attacking midfielder will be helping Werder attempt to avoid relegation, instead of helping the Gunners achieve another top-four finish this season.
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