Arsene Wenger believes Serge Gnabry does have the ability to play in the English Premier League after Tony Pulis questioned the Arsenal youngster’s quality.
Gnabry is currently on loan at West Brom until the end of the season, but has made just three appearances and failed to play for a full 90 minutes in any of those games.
The German under-21 international has 16 top team outings to his name under Arsene Wenger and is highly-rated by supporters of the club.
But it appears he’s not getting that valuable – and regular – first team experience that many expected he would get with the Baggies.
Pulis admitted Gnabry wasn’t at the level to play in his team yet, but Wenger believes he is good enough to play in the top-flight and he must prove himself to his new manager.
Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Swansea tomorrow, said:
Serge Gnabry is on loan at West Brom for the season. 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.
So Wenger’s comments indicate that Gnabry definitely won’t be returning early from his loan spell at West Brom.
It’s been a difficult week for youngsters at Arsenal with the poor performances of Glen Kamara, Alex Iwobi and Ismael Bennacer in their 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.
Young playmaker Dan Crowley was also sent back early from his loan spell with Barnsley after failing to impress in three months with the League One club.