Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Serge Gnabry Has No Reason to Join Borussia Dortmund

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  Serge Gnabry of Arsenal controls the ball during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Having earned rave reviews during the first six months of the 2013-14 season, Arsenal attacker Serge Gnabry has reportedly drawn the intrigue of Borussia Dortmund with the view to cutting a deal this summer.

However, it's a strange time for the German youngster to consider moving, especially when his progression through the Emirates Stadium ranks has taken such a turn for the better this term.

Gnabry: In good company with compatriot Ozil.
Gnabry: In good company with compatriot Ozil.Clive Rose/Getty Images

The Daily Mail's John Edwards claims Jurgen Klopp's slide down the Bundesliga standings this season has encouraged the Black and Yellows' boss to conduct a healthy serving of summer business.

Edwards writes:

It is understood the Dortmund coach has had Arsenal’s teenage forward watched at least once and is considering putting Arsene Wenger to the test with an offer, either this month or at the end of the season.

While Klopp has been alerted to his potential, it is believed he is more concerned with recruiting a top-quality like-for-like replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who will join Bayern Munich on a five-year deal in the summer. 

A like-for-like replacement for Lewandowski, Gnabry certainly is not, but one can see the appeal in the teenager's talents.

Wenger has placed faith in Gnabry, handing the 18-year-old eight first-team appearances in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, according to

The starlet has taken those opportunities with both hands, showing a direct and forceful approach among his peers, particularly in an eye-catching recent display against Tottenham.

A switch to the German top flight not only risks offsetting the trajectory of that growth, but would arguably see Gnabry depart a club very much on the rise for one that appears in decline. 

Former Norwegian international Jan Aage Fjortoft agrees that letting Gnabry leave at this stage would be folly:

BT Sport's Archie Rhind-Tutt has even hypothesised that the player might make a late run into Joachim Low's 2014 World Cup squad:

One can debate over which club holds the most power right now, Arsenal or Dortmund. Having met in this season's Champions League group stage, the pair exchanged blows, each winning one of their two encounters.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp faces the media during a Borussia Dortmund press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group F match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on October 21, 2013 in London, England.  (
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But the Gunners have already shown their love for the player, having picked Gnabry up from Stuttgart two years ago. The creative talent has since graduated from one of the world's most hallowed academies, and promises to reap the rewards that many an Arsenal youngster has before him.

The promise of silverware and titles may be just as promising at Signal Iduna Park (although even that's not for certain), but why fix what isn't broken? 

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