Arsenal Transfer News: Serge Gnabry to Bayern Munich Reported, Latest Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2016

Arsenal's Serge Gnabry  tries to score past Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt during their English Premier League soccer match, at Emirates Stadium, in London, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)
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Arsenal's Serge Gnabry could reportedly be poised to join Bayern Munich before being sent on loan to Werder Bremen

The news came from Sky Germany, relayed by Bleacher Report UK's Andy Brassell:

Per Tom Coast of Sport Witness, Werder would rather avoid doing business with the Bavarians and loan Gnabry from the Gunners instead, and per their official Twitter account, sporting director Frank Baumann confirmed the two clubs are talking:

The 21-year-old was Germany's best player at the 2016 Rio Olympics, netting six goals in the tournament to help his side earn the silver medal.

Gnabry spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, but he made just three appearances for the Baggies and returned to Arsenal in January.

He failed to play a single minute for the Gunners for the remainder of the campaign. Horst Hrubesch, Germany's head coach at the Olympics, was unhappy with Arsenal, per Goal's Chris Wheatley:

However, per Wheatley and the Mirror's John Cross, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is of a differing opinion and wants to keep him:

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Football writer Oli Price-Bates believes the youngster can be an asset to the Gunners:

Indeed, with Joel Campbell out on loan for the year, there's room for one of Arsenal's prospects to compete with Theo Walcott for game time.

After his displays at the Olympics, Gnabry has shown he could be ready to do so ahead of Yaya Sanogo, Alex Iwobi and Chuba Akpom.

If he's to continue his development, it's clear he needs minutes on the pitch this season—if Bayern can offer that even via a loan deal, he may be tempted into moving.

Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere warms up before the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on August 20, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL US
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Meanwhile, Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported that Jack Wilshere could be sent out on loan after finding himself down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

The England international is finally fit again, but in his absence, the likes of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin have stepped up, while Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka have been recruited.

Arsenal writer Tim Stillman noted the possible thoughts behind a loan move for Wilshere:

Indeed, a season of being fit and still sitting on the sidelines will do him little good, and if he's to have a long-term future at Arsenal—which, according to Burt, is still Wenger's plan—he needs to regain his form while proving he can stay healthy for a whole campaign.

Per football writer Kristian Sturt, he will have no shortage of suitors if he goes:

There's merit in a loan move, though after waiting so long for him to be available, Wenger may still have plans to use him this year even if he's only featured for 37 minutes so far.

It's a hugely important season for him if he's to salvage his career at the Emirates Stadium—he and Wenger must make sure they get this decision correct.

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