Gnabry spent five years with Arsenal early in his career. After joining the team aged 16, he made just 18 appearances for the Gunners first team, scoring one goal, and was sold to Werder Bremen in 2016 after a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion .
Despite his limited impact in north London, it seems Gnabry still has a connection to Arsenal. Sky Sports Germany says he wouldn’t even consider Chelsea as an option this summer as he couldn’t see himself playing for London rivals Arsenal.
It will be a blow to Chelsea, who are considering a move for the 26-year-old according to The Telegraph. The report says Gnabry is seen as a viable alternative to Raphinha, who is closing in on joining Barcelona from Leeds United this summer.
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This contradicts a public statement by Bayern chief Hasan Salihamidzic, who outlined the club’s position to Bild in June. “I’m very clear on that, he’s a great guy,” Salihamidzic said. “We really want to keep him. We would like to extend with him. I think we have shown him the necessary appreciation. I hope he chooses FC Bayern.
“We will intensify the discussions over the next few weeks. But if a player does not want to decide for the club, it is right to tell us so that we can find a solution that satisfies everyone.”