Arsene Wenger explains how Bayern Munich signed Serge Gnabry from Arsenal through Werder Bremen.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Bayern Munich manipulated Serge Gnabry to sign him Arsenal via Werder Bremen.
The German International broke through the Gunners academy, but was able to make just 10 senior team appearances. He was subsequently loaned out to West Bromwich Albion, where his game time was limited under Tony Pulis. The winger then joined Werder Bremen during the summer of 2016 before joining Bayern Munich a year later.
The former Arsenal manager believes that Bayern Munich convinced him to join Werder Bremen before wrapping up his signature. Serge Gnabry has been hitting the headlines recently for his goals show. He scored four-fer against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League before netting twice in a friendly against Argentina.
“We tried to extend his contract for a very long time and I think that Bayern manipulated behind the scenes, that if he went to Bremen he would join Bayern after,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.
“He was always a very talented boy who lacked confidence in some stages, but we always thought we had a player who could achieve a lot.
“He came back from a very bad experience [on loan] at West Brom where his confidence was destroyed. I tried to rebuild him because I believed in him.”
Wenger admits he was surprised to see the German champions dominate against Arsenal’s north London rivals.
“They’d just won 3-0 at Paderborn, you wouldn’t expect them to come and put seven goals away at Tottenham,” he said.
“I think it was one of those nights where everything goes for you and everything against Tottenham.”
Despite his recent blitz, Wenger believes Serge Gnabry must stay consistent to be considered as one of the world’s best players.
“A top-level career is consistency, if you look at the players that dominate our sport it’s the ones that show huge consistency and that’s what is at stake,” he said.