Arsenal given green light to seal Serge Gnabry transfer Arteta wanted last year
Arsenal have been given the go-ahead to sign Serge Gnabry this summer after an eye-opening development at Bayern Munich. Although the Gunners have recently cast their eyes elsewhere when looking for reinforcements out wide, a long-standing interest from manager Mikel Arteta could see links resurface over the coming weeks.
Gnabry made his senior breakthrough at the Emirates, leaving in 2016 after only a handful of first-team appearances. Having just finished his fifth season at Bayern Munich, the 27-year-old is now an established name in European football and a regular scorer at the top level.
Reports indicated that Arteta and co were ‘interested’ last summer, but their failure to qualify for the Champions League put the move financially out of reach. Fresh from a second-place Premier League finish in 2022/23, the Gunners’ circumstances have changed.
And while they are yet to reaffirm their interest in Gnabry ahead of this summer’s transfer window, the stars may be aligning for a move that’s been a long time coming.
According to German newspaper Bild, Bayern have put Gnabry up for sale alongside team-mates Leroy Sane and Sadio Mane. Thomas Tuchel is set to revamp his squad in Bavaria and all three could leave for the right price.
Under contract at the Allianz Arena until 2026, Arsenal may need to slap some serious cash on the table for Gnabry. Transfermarkt value him at £47million, but his prolific scoring rate could make him a valuable addition to Arteta’s attacking ranks.
The German international scored 17 goals in all competitions this campaign, while he has bagged 81 in 218 appearances over the course of his career at Bayern. Gnabry could therefore provide serious competition for minutes out wide at the Emirates Stadium, despite the prevalence of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
Arteta signed Leandro Trossard in January to add extra bite up top, but Arsenal are set for another recruitment push this summer after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City, who have a considerably deeper squad.
Not many would have predicted Gnabry’s rise to stardom when he struggled during a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion earlier in his career. Tony Pulis, who was the boss at the time, has since offered his congratulations.
“He was a nice kid, I didn’t mind him at all and he’s really fulfilled his potential,” he told talkSPORT. “To have him at West Brom and seeing him do what he’s done is absolutely amazing. When people show what they can really do and knuckle-down and become so good as he’s done it’s absolutely fantastic.”
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