Former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry admits that he does not regret leaving Arsenal for Bundesliga outfit Werden Bremen in the summer.
The 21-year-old midfielder left the Emirates in the summer as he sought to increase his first-team playing time as he’d only made a handful of appearances for Arsenal in three years. With Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Theo Walcott in good form this season, Gnabry may well have continued to struggle to get in to the team under Arsene Wenger if he had stayed.
Gnabry impressed after making his Arsenal debut in 2012, but a serious knee injury curtailed his progress and last season’s loan move to West Brom yielded just one Premier League appearance.
And this Summer the German forward, left the Emirates for Werder Bremen in for £8m. Since returning to his native Germany the winger has shone and already scored four goals in 10 Bundesliga appearances this season. Gnabry also got a call-up to the German national team for his impressive performance and he marked his senior international debut with a hat-trick against San Marino in November .
During a recent interview to Kicker, Gnabry claims Arsenal ‘badly’ wanted to keep him at the Emirates but he wanted to play regular football more.
‘ It was the right decision,’ Gnabry told Kicker.
‘Everybody who compares my development over the last four months to my time in England before that can’t come to a different conclusion.
‘That was the main reason for the transfer – I wanted to get more playing time and it worked. Arsenal wanted to keep me, badly, but I had to look after my development.
‘If a player does not perform well, a club has no sympathy and they do not want to keep him.’
Regardless of the former Gunners winger’s fine form, Werder Bremen have made a poor start to the season and as of now sit in the relegation playoff spot in the Bundesliga table, with eight points from 12 games.