Serge Gnabry can be added to the list of players who will miss the start of the season after he was called up for Germany’s squad for the Rio Olympics starting next month.
The 21 year old cut an exciting figure in the early part of his Arsenal career, but has struggled since picking up a serious knee injury in 2014. He spent some of last season on loan with West Brom but failed to convince Tony Pulis and played very little first team football.
That loan move was eventually cut short but rumours of a spell in the Championship proved unfounded and he played for the U21s for the rest of the campaign.
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With Arsenal already short in the forward department, Gnabry might have been seen as a possible candidate should there be no further additions in the front three. It’s likely the Gunners will start the new campaign without Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.
Joel Campbell is being linked with a move to Valencia, while Theo Walcott could start the season up front, leaving Arsene Wenger’s options for the wide positions rather more limited than we might like.
Of course Arsenal still have time to go out and reinforce the squad, and perhaps allowing Gnabry to leave is an indication that this is what’s going to happen.
Hey, when you see a straw, clutch at it. That’s what we say.