Despite Arsenal’s injury problems, with 6 players who can play on the right side of midfield out of action, Arsene Wenger has no plans to recall Serge Gnabry.
The 20 year was loaned to West Brom for the season, and that’s where Arsene Wenger wants him to stay. He’s challenged the German to prove Tony Pulis wrong after the Baggies manager criticised him earlier this week.
“Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games,” said Pulis.
“He’s come from academy football and not played much league football. Does academy football really prepare players for league football? And we’re talking about Premier League football here.
“As a manager you pick a team that’s going to win a game of football. You pick your best team, you don’t leave people out because you don’t like them, because of this, that and the other.”
Asked about the possibility of bringing him back, the Arsenal manager, said “Serge Gnabry is on loan for a season and we cannot get him back, before the transfer period anyway.
“Loans between Premier League clubs are season-long loans. I have heard that Tony Pulis is not happy with him.
“He [Gnabry] has to change his opinion because I think Serge has the quality to play in the Premier League and it’s good that he faces this type of challenge, to change Tony Pulis round, and I hope he is putting the effort in.”
Returning to Arsenal to fill-in might be even considered an easy option, because when those ahead of him in the pecking order return, he won’t be playing for us either.
It’s a challenge, let’s see if he’s up for it.