According to 90min’s Sean Walsh, the Gunners could potentially make a move for the Germany international this summer, with just one year remaining on his existing deal with current club Bayern Munich.
Writing on Twitter about that interest, Walsh stated: “The Gunners are keeping an eye on Serge Gnabry’s contract situation at Bayern Munich (up in 2023). They could move for their former winger with it likely that they’ll miss out on Raphinha.”
As per the corresponding article from 90min, the belief is that the 26-year-old – who left the Emirates Stadium six years ago to join Werder Bremen – could be sold by the Bundesliga giants if he does not sign a contract extension, as hinted at by Bayern director Hasan Salihamidzic.
This comes amid reports that the aforementioned Raphinha is on his way to Barcelona, despite interest from Chelsea, with the 25-year-old having been strongly linked with a move to north London in recent weeks and months.
After the disappointment of seemingly missing out on the Brazilian, moving for Gnabry would more than soften the blow, with Arsenal supporters no doubt desperate to see the £58.5m-rated forward back at the club where it all began for him.
A product of the Premier League club’s youth system, he went on to make just 18 senior appearances for the Gunners in all competitions after making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2012, notably enduring an infamous loan spell at West Bromwich Albion where he had just a solitary league outing under Tony Pulis.
A return to his homeland swiftly followed, although that decision to let him go has backfired spectacularly on the Gunners, with the £115k-per-week speedster having thrived since being snapped up by the Bundesliga outfit in 2017 after just a year in Bremen.
Having spent his first campaign with his current club on loan at Hoffenheim, the 5 foot 9 menace returned to become a key figure for the Bavarian outfit, going on to score 64 goals and provide 40 assists in 171 games over the last four seasons.
That tally includes an impressive haul of 17 goals and ten assists from the most recent campaign across all fronts, as Julian Nagelsmann’s side wrapped up a tenth successive league title. On the international stage, his record now stands at a remarkable 20 goals in just 34 games.
The versatile asset unsurprisingly compares favourably to those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues, ranking in the 6% for progressive carries, the top 9% for progressive passes and the top 9% for dribbles completed, showcasing his undeniable brilliance with the ball at his feet.
Not just an attack-minded threat, however, the Stuttgart native also ranks in the top 12% for tackles made, illustrating his willingness to put in the hard yards when required – a trait which will surely earn plenty of plaudits in Mikel Arteta’s side.
With the Spaniard having already agreed a deal to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, adding Gnabry to the mix would raise excitement levels even higher, with supporters set to be overjoyed if the club can secure a homecoming for the pacy winger.