Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Serge Gnabry will be recalled from his season-long loan at West Bromwich Albion.
The German winger has barely featured for the Baggies since moving to the Hawthorns in the summer and looks likely to be sent on a short-term loan to get more match time.
Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Burnley, the boss cited Francis Coquelin’s month-long spell at Charlton, at the tail end of 2014, as a scenario he’s tempted to repeat.
“I am tempted to give him some competition because he has not played at West Brom,” he said.
“I am tempted to let him go somewhere to do with him what I did with Coquelin, somewhere for a month or two.”
No doubt there’ll be a lot of interest in Gnabry who should be chomping at the bit for a taste of first team action.
It’ll be interesting to see if he stays at Premier League level or if drops down a division to rebuild his confidence.
Gnabry made his debut for the Gunners in September 2012. After an eye-catching start to his career at the Emirates he’s since seen injuries wreck his momentum.
Indeed, it seems an absolute age since Germany coach Joachim Loew tipped the youngster as an outsider for his World Cup squad in 2014.