Arsenal’s 21-year old German winger Serge Gnabry is set to be unveiled as a Werder Bremen player on Wednesday after agreeing to complete his move from Arsenal, ESPN understands
This news, however, contradicts with earlier reports suggesting that German giants Bayern Munich were set to sign Gnabry on a permanent deal and then loan him out to Bremen.
Even Gnabry’s father Jean-Hermann Gnabry had said the following to the German news outlet SWR:
I would have liked it if Serge would have prevailed here at Arsenal, he still has a contract until 2017. But his mind is already thinking about elsewhere.
Bayern is like Arsenal. Even there he’ll have extremely strong competition.
Hence reports from several sources have hinted at a possible Bayern Munich move for Serge Gnabry and a loan move to Werder Bremen from there. This development however, has certainly come in as a surprising turn of events.
However, amidst all this news regarding Gnabry departing the Emirates stadium, Arsenal are also reportedly interested in keeping hold of the 21-year old winger by offering him a new improved first-team contract.
Gnabry, who impressed for the German national football team by scoring 6 goals in 6 games as they won the Olympic silver medal at this year’s summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, is expected to join Bremen on a four-year deal for an initial fee of €5 million, according to German news daily Bild.
Werder Bremen, who finished 13th in the Bundesliga last season, said in a press release yesterday afternoon that they will be holding a press conference with Gnabry. Sporting director Frank Baumann will officially reveal their new player on Wednesday afternoon.
Gnabry’s current Arsenal contract is due to expire at the end of the season. Arsene Wenger had earlier said he wanted to prolong the talented youngster’s contract.
The 21-year-old, who joined Arsenal from another German club VfB Stuttgart five years ago, is highly rated by many football experts and fans alike, but has struggled to make an impact at the club level so far.
Gnabry joined in 2011 as a 16-year old and has gone on to play just 10 Premier League games for them, as well as making a solitary appearance during an unsuccessful loan spell at West Bromwich Albion last season.