Bayern Munich forward Gnabry talks up quality of 'fantastic' Wenger

‘Do I think he could have success? For sure’: Serge Gnabry talks up quality of ‘fantastic’ Arsene Wenger as Bayern Munich winger feels his former boss WOULD have been a hit in the Bundesliga

  • Arsene Wenger revealed last year Bayern Munich approached him to join them 
  • The Bundesliga giants eventually chose Hansi Flick as Niko Kovac’s successor 
  • Serge Gnabry played 18 games under Wenger for Arsenal before leaving in 2016
  • The Germany international insists his former boss would succeed in the country  

Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry is in no doubt that his former boss Arsene Wenger would have succeeded as boss of a Bundesliga club.

Wenger revealed last year that he had been approached by the Champions League holders to succeed Niko Kovac before they appointed Hansi Flick on a permanent basis.

Flick ensured Bayern finished the season with the treble, with Gnabry netting an 23 goals across all competitions in 2019/20.


Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry (left) believes his former boss Arsene Wenger (right) has what it takes to succeed in the Bundesliga

Wenger revealed last year that he was approached by Bayern about succeeding Niko Kovac 

But the Germany international – who made 18 appearances for Arsenal under Wenger before he was sold to Werder Bremen four years ago – believes the Frenchman would be able to compete with the very best if he came to the country.

‘Do I think he could have success? For sure. He’s proven that he’s been a fantastic manager to lead a club,’

‘I would say the difference [between Wenger and Flick] for myself, being an older player, it’s probably easier to communicate with the coach. 

‘When you just come in and you’re very young, sometimes you are maybe a little bit shy but football-wise they’re both on a very, very high level.’

The Bundesliga giants eventually gave the job to Hansi Flick on a permanent basis last year

But Gnabry, who played 18 games under Wenger at Arsenal, believes the Frenchman could mix it with Germany’s best

Wenger has not managed a club since he left Arsenal in May 2018 and was replaced by Unai Emery.

The 71-year-old is now FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development having been in the post since November last year, and has spoken out on a number of issues including the proposed European Super League and his suggestions for changes to the rules.

Meanwhile, Bayern take on Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in a highly-anticipated clash at Signal Iduna Park, with both sides level on points at the top of the Bundesliga table after six games.

Gnabry’s Bayern Munich taken on Jadon Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund on Saturday

Speaking about the game, Gnabry added: ‘It’s very important because it’s the two best teams in the Bundesliga playing against each other.

‘Whoever comes out on top, hopefully us, will gain a lot of confidence from that match for the rest of the season. 

‘Knowing the importance of that game, also internationally, a lot of people are going to watch the game, it makes it more valuable for us.’




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