Serge Gnabry says he consulted former Werder Bremen duo Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil before putting pen-to-paper on his permanent move to the Weserstadion.
Arsene Wenger had wanted the 21-year-old winger to sign a new contract at Arsenal following his impressive performances at the Olympics only for the lure of regular first team football in his homeland to prove too tempting.
It’s believed the Gunners have received a fee in the region of €6.5 million; a relatively small sum for a player with real potential during a window where crazy money has been spent.
At a press conference organised to unveil him as a Werder player, Gnabry said: “I’m very happy to be here.
“Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil had only good things to say about the club.
“I had very good talks with the management and that has lead me here to Werder and the Bundesliga.
“The Olympics were a personal highlight for me. Now I want to develop myself here at Werder Bremen.
“I’m confident we’ll have a successful season and push for the top half of the table.
“I come to Bremen to earn playing time, to develop myself and to help the team.”
Werder Bremen’s director of football, Frank Baumann, also reiterated that Gnabry has signed a permanent deal and that Bayern Munich were not involved in the negotiations.
“There aren’t any agreements with other clubs,” he said. “Again, Serge Gnabry is our player. We have bought him.”
“We’re proud to have convinced Gnabry to join. We don’t want to put too much pressure on him, we’ll give him time.”