Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry says his time at Arsenal, where he came through as a professional, was a success despite his lack of gametime.
According to Le Buteur, 24-year-old Gnabry – who is now a fixture in the German national team – was happy with how his time with the Gunners went, even though he made just 10 Premier League appearances for them (Transfermarkt).
He said: “Personally, I think my time at Arsenal was a complete success. Playing in the Premier League allowed me to grow and develop. As I’ve said, there isn’t a big difference between the two leagues, and I’m pleased of my career so far.
“At the beginning (with Arsenal), everything went well for me, I played regularly, but after that, I did so less. That being said, that experience was very enriching for me on a personal level.”
TBR’s View – Every step in Gnabry’s career must make Arsenal fans wish they’d kept him
Every club has those players who got away – Jadon Sancho is a recent example at Manchester City, who are exceptionally well-run and swept all before them domestically last season.
But City have an exceptional first team to the extent where it’s a genuine debate whether Sancho would get any more game time than Phil Foden is now.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are crying out for more pace and width in their attack and seeing Gnabry turn into a Germany regular must make the supporters rue his 2016 exit.
It’s just so tough for young players to get that break and it didn’t come together for Gnabry. Leaving has worked better for the forward than it did for Arsenal though.