After a disappointing campaign last season characterized with a nasty knee injury, Serge Gnabry joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on a season long loan in a bid to shake off the rust. Things however don’t seem to be going as premeditated, as first team opportunities have been hard to come by nearly three months into the 2015/16 season.
Gnabry joined Arsenal in 2011- from his hometown club Stuttgart in the Bundesliga- but had to wait until the following season to make his first team debut during a 6-1 rout over Coventry City in the Capital One cup. His best performance was during the 2013/14 season in which the whiz kid made 14 appearances, scoring his only goal for the club in a 2-1 triumph over Swansea City.
Speaking in an interview on the Official Club website, manager Arsene Wenger encouraged the youngster, urging him to work harder in order to win over Tony Pulis’ trust with a place in the first team.
“Serge Gnabry is on loan at West Brom for the season,” he said. “I heard that Tony Pulis is not happy with him.
“He has to change the opinion of Tony Pulis because I think that Serge Gnabry has the quality to play in the Premier League. He has shown that.
“It’s good that he faces this kind of battle because it will make him stronger if the turns the opinion of Tony Pulis around. I hope that he’s facing the challenge and is putting the effort in.”
Gnabry was always going to find it hard breaking into the Arsenal first team this season especially after the lengthy lay-off. It must be hard for a young player to get back on his feet after a long term injury but the 20-year old can confide in the inkling that most players who impress during their loan spells ordinarily receive a call up to the senior team. Regularly featuring in the first team is however an entirely different thing; with various underlying such as performance, fitness and injury crisis at the club coming into play.