Will Werder Bremen secure the signature of Arsenal's Serge Gnabry?
Both Sky Sports News and a host of print publications report that Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry could be on his way to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen. There had been rumours of a switch to Bayern Munich with a loan spell at Bremen, but Gnabry is expected to join Bremen on a permanent basis immediately for around £4 million.
Where would he fit in at the Weserstadion?
Gnabry is a bullish winger, very much in the same mould as Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, blessed with a combination of pace, power and technique. In fact, his similarity to the options Arsenal have in wide areas is one reason why is likely to get limited opportunities at the Emirates. Frenchman Sambou Yatabare has occupied Gnabry’s preferred right-sided berth in the first few games of the season, though he fact he made only eight starts last season suggests coach Viktor Skripnik is not convinced by him. Gnabry should have his sights firmly fixed on his spot in the team. Bremen tend to play in an orthodox 4-2-3-1 formation, which gives Gnabry the option of starting in any of the three positions behind the striker. Bremen lost 6-0 against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, they are not the first nor will they the last to get a hiding there, but they are in need of this shot in the arm.
Is he worth the fee?
Due to the fact that Gnabry has only 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract, Bremen have been able to snap him up for around £4 million. The signing does carry a risk; Gnabry last started a league game for Arsenal in January 2014 and has since suffered a serious knee ligament injury and endured a miserable loan spell under Tony Pulis at West Brom. However, he was voted Germany’s player at the Olympics which encouraged Arsene Wenger to loan out Joel Campbell in order to clear the path for Gnabry. However, it seems as if his efforts have fallen upon deaf ears and Gnabry has decided to move to a club where there are more opportunities for first-team football. Given the cut-price transfer fee, Bremen do not have much to lose and Gnabry has the talent to make it a gamble worth taking.
How likely is this deal?
Bremen seem to have stolen a march on all other potential suitors, and once Gnabry decided that he was not going to sign a new deal at Arsenal the club was left with little choice but to cash in. Latest reports state that a medical has already taken place, and therefore there should be very few obstacles in the way of this deal going through. Arsene Wenger rarely stands in the way of players who wish to leave, nor holds them to ransom, and it seems as if he has cut Gnabry free.
Rating: Very Likely
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