Arsenal have been famous for developing young players in the last two decades under French boss Arsene Wenger. However, there are some youngsters that have had to leave the club to prove their worth elsewhere.
A youngster who left Arsenal just last summer has been impressing in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen. That youngster is Serge Gnabry. The 21-year-old left the Gunners for a fee of just £6million in the summer.
He has since gone on to score seven goals in 15 appearances for Werder and scoring a hat-trick on his international debut for Germany in an 8-0 drubbing of San Marino
The youngster is already attracting admiring from some of the richer clubs in the Bundesliga. Bremen are fearful of losing the midfielder, as he has a release clause of just £6.8million in his contract. Big spending RB Leipzig and German champions Bayern Munich are both being linked with a move for the star.
Had to move for first team football
Gnabry was unfortunate in the fact that he has such stiff competition for a starting place in the positions that he plays in, most notably on the wings. The Gunners had the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all competing for a spot on the flanks.
Arsene Wenger reportedly wanted to keep the young midfielder, but the midfielder wanted to move on in search of first-team football. He did show that he had potential in his limited cameos. However, he never really nailed down a regular starting spot at Arsenal.
Gnabry was behind a lot of players in his search for playing time at Arsenal. However, when you compare his performances this season to that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Alex Iwobi, maybe he would have played more football if he had stayed in north London.
Would have been a useful squad player
As Arsenal prepare to host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in a game they are odds of 2/7, you think that this would be the sort of game that Gnabry would have thrived in. He would have been an ideal squad player for this season.
Unfortunately, it seems he had no intention of just being a squad player. He wanted to play regular first team football and that was never going to happen in north London. The youngster has made a bright start to life back in his homeland and looks to have a bright future in the game.
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