Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry might have dropped a hint about being interested in returning to north London at some point in the future.
Having joined the Gunners’ Under-18 side from Stuttgart back in 2011, Gnabry was promoted to the first team two years later, but he was unable to impose himself sufficiently on the plans of Arsene Wenger at the time, and after spending the 2015/16 season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, he was sold the following summer to Werder Bremen for a reported fee of €5 million (£4.5m).
Bayern apparently recognized his potential very quickly, and they snapped him up for €8 million in 2017 before sending him out on a season-long loan to TSG Hoffenheim. But since his return to the Allianz Arena, the winger has indeed been superb and the rise of his stock has been so steep that Transfermarkt now value him at no less than €90m (around £81m). Last season was indisputably the best of his career so far as his 37 goal involvements (23 goals, 14 assists) helped Bayern win the treble, topping the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal triumphs off with the Champions League trophy.
It may be worth remembering at this point that Tony Pulis, in charge of the WBA team when Gnabry was loaned out to the Baggies, said that this player wasn’t up to the standard required. The last laugh and all that, right?
“To be a Champions League winner now when a couple of years back I was doubted is obviously a great thing for me,” the 25-year-old told CBS.
“Of course after having struggled a lot it was difficult to pick myself up. The biggest thing is that self-confidence, that I knew what I was capable of. I never lost that.”
And finally, asked about a potential return to the Premier League, Gnabry said Arsenal would be his preferred destination.