Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are looking to rebuild their squad ahead of what could become a challenging campaign. The Gunners failed to win the Champions League last season, but finishing fifth secured their place in the Europa League.
To improve their 2022-23 season, they must have a strong squad capable of being competitive on all fronts.
The Gunners may be looking to strengthen their wider area ahead of the upcoming season. With that goal in mind, Arteta’s side have reportedly started looking at Gnabry’s situation at Bayern.
The German winger’s contract expires in June 2023. The Bavarians have hinted that he could leave the club this summer if a contract extension is not agreed.
Bayern Munich signed the 26-year-old from Werder Bremen for 8 million euros in 2017. They loaned him to Hoffenheim for a year before introducing him to the first team in 2018-19.
Since then, he has played 171 games for the German champions, scoring 64 goals and providing 40 assists. He was instrumental in Bayern’s 2020 Champions League win, scoring nine goals in the competition, including four in a single group game against Tottenham.
Serge Gnabry’s previous Arsenal experience leaves much to be desired
Gnabry joined Arsenal’s Under-18 team in the summer of 2011 from Stuttgart’s Under-17 team. In his debut season, he played in the Premier League reserves, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 games.
Between 2012 and 2016, he played in the Premier League Under-21s, Premier League playoffs and Arsenal Under-23s in the elite group. He scored 10 goals and provided 6 assists in 32 games.
The striker also made 18 appearances for the senior side under then manager Arsene Wenger, scoring one goal and providing several assists. Before the 2015-16 season, the north London side loaned Gnabry to West Bromwich Albion.
He made just three appearances for the Baggies, totaling 137 minutes. Gnabry was recalled in the 2015-16 winter transfer window and was eventually sold to Werder Bremen in the summer of 2016 for €5 million.