Monday, June 17, 2024

Wenger ready to recall Gnabry

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.

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Still just 20 years old, no need to get too worried just yet. He needs to work hard and get fit. The talent is there.

Gudag Bedil

Yep, even Campbell got his chance when he’s already 23.

Aboriginal Arsenal

And Cocquelin.


Best thing from his loan. He’s going to need the playing time. There’s a lot more competition coming from places I never would have thought for his position – Iwobi and Campbell. Still have Wellington and Jon Toral on loan. Only bodes well for the first team.


Better to go to the Championship to build his fitness and confidence. No guarantee he will play regularly for any PL team, particularly the ones in a relegation scrap like Villa.

bims lay

I don’t care what stupid Tony Pulis say about him, serge is a massive talent and arsene should take him away from there before they permanently damage his confidence…how is he supposed to come good in a team that plays like that completely beats me!. He needs to be sent to a team with a similar footballing philosophy where he can ge a good fit …..a team that plays “football”….even if its in the championship!

Tim Geschwindt

I think a PL team won’t use him, and the Championship is too low for his calibre.
I’d send him abroad like we did with Joel Campbell (albeit due to work permit issues), his spells with Villarreal abd Olympiakos weren’t spellbinding but look at the player we have now.

There’s got to be a few teams in the Bundesliga or Ligue 1 looking for someone as talented as Serge. He just needs to be in a first team XI week in week out

Aboriginal Arsenal

Arsene says the standard in the Championship is decent.

Burnley gave us a good game yday. Sheffield Wednesday destroyed us.

Playing regularly at that level from now ’till season’ s end will be the prep he needs.

He’ll come back for preseason and we’ll see where he’s at.

I note Arsene said he wanted to send him for ‘a month or two’ and bring him back, ‘like Cocquelin’.

He won’t go abroad.


Pulis waited until the last day of the window to agree to this?! Clearly hoping to shut out his chances of playing in the PL for the rest of the season. What a tosser!

Lord Bendtner


Goone's Farm

Hmmm I don’t know how I feel about another loan for him. On one hand it makes sense as he needs regular game time to develop. On the other hand, his confidence seems low at the moment and sending him away again could further cripple his growth if it turns into another failure. I keep remembering an Afobe interview in the period he was scoring a lot for Wolves, and he was asked about his time at Arsenal/why it didn’t work out. He said his first loans were failed experiments and he had important injuries to then be loaned out… Read more »


I agree with that. After what Gnabry has been through with Pulis he needs two things now: (1) love; (2) a team that plays proper football. Not sure any Championship side and manager quite fits the bill. Ranieri fits the bill – who better if you need lots of love? Leicester, Bournemouth and Watford would all be good places, but I fear it may now be too late – as bloody Pulis made certain of – for a Premiership move. I gather there are Premiership clubs interested, though, Newcastle in particular. We don’t seem to give much thought to finding… Read more »


I could see him being sent to the continent for the remainder of the season . Surely there is a side in France or Germany that would play him until the summer?


Might sound daft, but how about we recall him and give him playing time? We are stil very much involved in three major competitions, and there is no reason he can’t add something to our options. I’m not suggesting starting him against Barcelona, but have him train with the first team, gain some more exposure in that sense to his peers and bring him on like we have done with Akpom. It’s not as if he has never played a game for us and is an unknown quantity. If I recall correctly, he was pretty damn good. Genuinely refreshing and… Read more »

Alexis is Back

I think mid to low middle team will do good to take him for rest of the season. All these teams need someone to make things happen and he can be the one.


He’s got a lot of competition around him now Gnabry.

Akpom is hungry. Iwobi too. Adelaide, Bennacer down the pipe line but not far.

In front of him Campbell and Ox.

He has to step up whether on another loan or back in the squad. Nothing is assured.


Being from Brighton originally, I still follow their games and go to a few as well when I’m home, Serge would be the perfect player and the playing style would suit him as well. Top end of the Champ, winning games (hopefully) and playing in a good footballing team. Brighton haven’t loaned a player from Arsenal since Sidwell / Graham Barrett so it’s about time for another! Fingers crossed for a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario


Didn’t arseblog do a good article a while back about Gnabry?

Put simply there is a reason he hasn’t got playing time at west boom and its down to him and his attitude. Tony Pulis will never be on my Christmas list but he is not leaving Gnabry out just to spite Arsenal.


Apparently Serge didn’t buy into the managers defensive ethic. Probably not good enough at the old “pull the-shirt-and-then-let-him-go-and-trip-him-up” routine, or the punch in the kidneys or the studs down the achilles, not to mention the new favourite the shove in the back. I’ll never understand how an Arsenal player got loaned to that club, but thank God he failed at the Tony Pulis School of Proper Defending and can now come home.
We now have Liam Brady looking after young players loans so hopefully this sort of thing won’t happen in the future.


No, but the fact that its Pulis whose managing his “development”, doesnt help.
Get to Fuck outa there, Serge!!!


I think you mean “champing at the bit”….

But either way, fI he isn’t playing he needs to be somewhere he gets some time!


I would love to see him go to Swansea or Bournemouth and be the one to push one of those teams up the table, knocking Pulis into the relegation zone in the process!

He needs first team football, but I agree with the others also, he may need to rebuild his confidence at Arsenal too.

I just don’t see him getting many minutes with us this season.

Will be interesting to see what happens.


Oh me too. But by refusing to release him till the last day of the window, and doubtless delaying completing the paperwork until 10.30 this evening, that’s precisely what West Brom have set out to prevent. The same miserly negative thinking is at work in how they’re treating Berahino. Newcastle have offered a mad 25m in cash but it would be risky to take it – if Newcastle, Swansea and Bournemouth, currently below West Brom in the table, all have a better second half to the season, West Brom go down. Spurs have offered much less and will only pay… Read more »

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