Big Pre-Season for Gnabry!
Serge Gnabry made his debut for Arsenal in 2012 and it seems like despite being in the squad for four years now, Gnabry has made very little progress towards becoming a first team regular. Having featured in the opening game against Lens and looking relatively impressive for the first game back, Arsenal fans will hope to expect bigger things from Gnabry this year!
Gnabry burst onto the scene a year after his debut with the 2013-14 season being his best run in the first team. He made several appearances and was even nominated for the Golden Ball award to show how impressive he had been for the Gunners. Since then however Gnabry has remained far back in wings and has struggled to progress towards gaining a spot in the Arsenal first team.
Last season Gnabry was loaned out to West Brom in order to get plenty of first team experience in the Premier League, however he didn’t even get the chance to really make an impact with the Baggies, featuring just once in the Premier League over a six month period. With just 11 league appearances for both Arsenal and West Brom in four years, Gnabry has seen his career stagnate and is in danger of falling completely out of favour at Arsenal. I think if he doesn’t manage to impress enough in pre-season to merit first team action, then he could find himself having to leave the club in the near future.
At 21 years old Gnabry is still very young and has plenty more time to develop into the star he was much anticipated to become. However he will need to have a good pre-season at Arsenal this summer in order to get first team games with the Gunners, otherwise he could find himself out on loan again. Personally another loan move for Gnabry may be ideal because although our current crop of wingers aren’t exactly off the charts (except Alexis of course), I can’t see the likes of Walcott, Chamberlain, Campbell and Iwobi dropping down the pecking order below the German youth product.
What should we expect from Gnabry this season? Is another loan move in store or could he feature more for the Gunners this year.