‘Wenger and injuries’ blamed for Arsenal’s Gnabry failures

Lukas Podolski has claimed that Serge Gnabry impressed during training during his time at Arsenal, but his injuries played a part in his failure to make it as a Gunner.

The Bayern Munich winger is hitting great heights currently, having hit double figures of goals in the Bundesliga in both seasons with his current club, as well as having nine assists to bost so far in this campaign. He also has eight goals on the board for his country in his seven European Championship qualifying appearances, and looks nailed on to retain his place for the main tournament, which will now be held in the summer of 2021.

Former team-mate Podolski claims that the reason he didn’t make it in England may have been down to injuries, while hinting that the managers in Germany also gave him more confidence in his ability.

Podolski stated: “He was unlucky and had a few injuries. He did well in training.

“Off the pitch we spent a lot of time together, going for dinner. But sometimes football is like that, or you find a manager who gives you more confidence.

“Serge can shoot with both feet, and he is powerful and quick – a bit like me, only I don’t have a right foot like him! I’m really pleased that he’s doing well at Bayern.”

If the managers in Germany gave him more confidence, then we can only assume that Arsene Wenger didn’t give him that edge, and to a point, has to be blamed for his part in missing out on the now-superstar.

The fact that we sold him for a lowly fee of £5 Million tells me we seriously dropped the ball on this one…

Could Gnabry have realised his potential if he stayed at Arsenal? Is Wenger to blame for allowing him to leave so cheaply?


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  1. Wenger initially had big strong players who were very direct. Then along the way he changed to tika taka and employed short lightweight technical players who were told to pass pass pass and only shoot when they could pass the ball into the net.
    Gnabry was not that style of player as he preferred to attack defenders and shoot on sight.
    That’s why he was let go.
    In the Bayern side he has a host of strong players around him who do all the hard graft so he can
    be a free agent take on defenders and shoot a lot.
    The fact that defenders are triple marking Lewandowski all game also helps.
    Lacazette would score goals at Bayern.
    Sancho similarly is good at Dortmund because they have hard grafters who wear down the opponents.
    I doubt Sancho or Gnabry would succeed at Arsenal as they would be on the back foot a lot more.

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