Wenger admits Arsenal ‘had agreement’ with Serge Gnabry before he left club

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the Gunners "had an agreement" to keep Serge Gnabry at the club but the player opted against signing it, instead making the move to Werder Bremen and then Bayern Munich.

Wenger admitted that he was "very sad" when Gnabry left and the forward has gone on to star for the German champions following a solitary season at Bremen.

He has netted 36 goals and provided 23 assists in 87 appearances for Bayern and scored a brace in their 3-0 Champions League semi-final win over Lyon, to propel them into the final.

His career after leaving the Emirates has left Arsenal fans wondering what if and Wenger has been open about wanting Gnabry to stay, telling beIN Sports : "Let's not forget Gnabry, I bought him at the age of 15 from Stuttgart and he was injured a lot.

"He's creative, he can score goals, right-footed, left-footed, good power, good penetration, very, very clever with the timing of his runs.

"His tendency was a bit too easy, like I've told you about with these young talented players, but he has matured a lot and is now one of the dominant players in Germany.

"We had an agreement with him you know. I had given him out on loan to West Brom and he didn't play a game. He came back, he was injured.

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"We worked very hard with him for six months and he went out with the German national team, under-21's, and Bayern made a deal with Werder Bremen.

"He wanted to sign in the end, didn't want to extend his contract (with Arsenal) and I was very sad. But we couldn't get over the line with him because I knew he would have a great career.

"He can be a number nine, a number 10…he's a very intelligent player."

Speaking back in May, former Germany international Steffen Freund reflected on Gnabry's rise, telling Daily Star Sport : "I saw him when he played for Arsenal and … maybe it was a little bit too early but you could see his pace and his physical strength but without any experience it’s difficult to keep your place and play regularly for Arsenal.

"That’s why he moved back to Germany and got games with Werder Bremen and, later, at the highest level with Bayern. He has been involved in a lot of goals in a lot of games.

"Bayern Munich bought him, sent him on loan to Hoffenheim and when he came back you could see straight away that he would break into the starting XI at Bayern Munich and with Germany. Now, without Sane he is our best attacking player in Germany."

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