Arsene Wenger has questioned Serge Gnabry’s attitude with the Bayern Munich star having previously played for Wenger at Arsenal.
Gnabry has gone from strength to strength since leaving the Gunners and is now a regular at Bundesliga giants Bayern and scored in the Champions League against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Gnabry joined Arsenal at the age of 16 having joined Stuttgart’s youth academy at the age of 12.
The 24-year-old spent four years at Arsenal before leaving to join Werder Bremen before swiftly moving to Bayern.
He never really impressed at the Emirates, being loaned out to West Brom for a spell, and Wenger has questioned the German’s attitude.
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“This guy has no real limitations, it’s more how much does he want to suffer,” Wenger said on beIN SPORTS.
“He has pace, power, technical ability, he’s very intelligent but sometimes he looks the easy way in football. That was his problem.
“I gave him to West Brom, it didn’t work out at all. In fairness, we had an agreement with him but Bayern steered him away from Werder Bremen.
“He has individual ability and collective ability. Because he didn’t play at West Brom I let him go with the German U21 team in the summer.
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“He did very well, he was fresh and we had prepared him to sign his new contract and suddenly he wanted to go to Werder Bremen.
“But it wasn’t Werder Bremen who brought him, it was Bayern Munich. Less than one year later he moved from Bremen to Bayern but it was a done deal before.”
Gnabry has admitted he found life difficult in London after growing up in Germany.
"I had hard times," Gnabry says. "English football is a bit tougher I would say in the youth than back in Germany, so you also have to adapt to that.
"I think everyone who goes through a similar scenario experiences the same, but in the end it is an experience and it makes you grow.
"I knew that I needed to play again at a high level, and I think Germany in the couple of years since I moved had progressed a lot.
"So I thought: 'OK, take a chance on that, let me go back.' I didn't see a lot of game time at Arsenal the next season. That was the key factor."
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