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Arsene Wenger has opened up on why Serge Gnabry decided the leave Arsenal in 2016, and hinted that Bayern Munich had a bigger say than was previously realised.
There Germany international signed a deal with Werder Bremen after leaving the Emirates, after only making ten league appearances in north London.
After an impressive season in Bremen, Gnabry signed for Bayern, and made his name in the first-team after a loan at Hoffenheim.
“We tried to extend his contract for a very long time and I think that Bayern manipulated behind the scenes, that if he went to Bremen he would join Bayern after,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“He was always a very talented boy who lacked confidence in some stages.
“But we always thought we had a player who could achieve a lot.
“He came back from a very bad experience on loan at West Brom where his confidence was destroyed.
“I tried to rebuild him because I believed in him.”
Gnabry, 24, subsequently forced himself into Joachim Low’s international plans and has scored nine goals in his first ten appearances.
Wenger added: “A top-level career is consistency.
“If you look at the players that dominate our sport it’s the ones that show huge consistency and that’s what is it at stake.
“Can he maintain the quality of performances that he showed the other night?”
Gnabry fired himself back into the limelight by scoring four goals for Bayern in the 7-2 defeat of Tottenham in the Champions League, which Wenger chose mentioned.
“Bayern had just won 3-0 at Paderborn, you wouldn’t expect them to come and put seven goals away at Tottenham,” he said.
“I think it was one of those nights where everything goes for you and everything against Tottenham.”