Arsenal Transfer News: Serge Gnabry Loan Would Be Smart Move for All Parties

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 28:  Serge Gnabry of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Thanks to some quality maneuvers in the transfer window, Arsenal have an excess of talent on the attack.

This should allow the club to better prepare for the future by getting a young player the experience he needs.

According to John Cross of The Mirror, teenage midfielder Serge Gnabry is a wanted man among English Premier League clubs:

Aston Villa have joined the list of clubs wanting to take Arsenal prospect Serge Gnabry on loan. The Villans' boss Paul Lambert is keen, along with Southampton, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Sunderland to sign the Gunners' 19-year-old wide-man. 

Arsenal are keen to send Gnabry out to a Premier League club to help his development as they see him very much in part of their long-term plans.

No matter where he ends up, loaning the player out for the 2014-15 season appears to be the smartest move for Arsenal.

Gnabry is coming off an impressive season with the Gunners, scoring one goal while appearing in nine league matches. He also got on to the pitch in various other competitions, including two appearances in UEFA Champions League play.

Manager Arsene Wenger was especially impressed after the player's performance against Swansea, explaining, "He is surprising. He has the talent, but he has the personality on the pitch as well. He doesn't look timid, he looks to play with belief and, of course, talent," via Joe Mewis of the Mirror.

Considering the German footballer is still just 19 years old, he should only be able to improve until he becomes a key part of the attack.

Unfortunately, he is not there yet. For a winger, he still needs to improve his crossing and needs to get a better feel for the game. This will only come from experience, something that will be hard to come by at Emirates Stadium.

With the addition of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal are loaded with midfielders and forwards. A rotation of Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain—not to mention strikers such as Olivier Giroud, Yaya Sanogo and others—should be enough for the squad to compete with the best in the EPL.

Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta can also provide plenty of help from defensive midfield positions.

If not for injuries to so many of these players last season, Gnabry likely would not have received as many starts as he did.

This time around, there is enough depth in the lineup to keep the young player off the first team. Even though he will be able to train with these talented players, the lack of game experience will still slow his development.

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As a result, the only option for Gnabry is to go to another club where he can be a first-team choice. Fortunately, there are a number of options with many of them vying for his services. If he can go to a club such as Aston Villa, he can get the playing time he needs while improving against quality competition every week.

Meanwhile, a move like this would certainly be useful for the club gaining Gnabry for either a few months or the whole season.

Daniel Anwar of Squawka Football argued how he would help Southampton:

The German youth international’s best attribute is his dribbling ability. He’s fast, two-footed, and has the skill to beat defenders. Last season he completed 2.18 take-ons per 90 minutes, more than every Southampton player but Gaston Ramirez (2.76). Much of Southampton’s attacking unit from last season has already left, and Rodriguez may well be off as well. Gnabry would bring a direct threat on either flank, as he’s capable of bringing the ball forward with speed, breaking through defensive lines.

The winger can be a useful player for whichever club is fortunate enough to bring him in, while the player himself gains confidence and the necessary experience in the EPL.

At the end of the loan, Arsenal will be able to bring back a talented player who has grown enough to become a useful addition on a potential title run. This is unlikely to happen if he remains on the bench for most of the year.

The Gunners have a talented player under control, but the smartest move that could be made is sending him on loan to any Premier League club willing to sign him and give him playing time.


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