Gnabry: I’ve justified my Bremen switch

SV Werder Bremen forward Serge Gnabry feels his decision to ditch the English Premier League in the off-season has been justified by his recent form.

After an impressive showing in the Olympics, the forgotten Arsenal talent alerted Europe to the full extent of his abilities.

His six goals in as many games during the 2016 Rio Olympics was a far cry from the player who made 11 English top-flight appearances in four years – which included a disastrous loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

FC Bayern München were said to be the frontrunners to secure Gnabry's signature, but the VfB Stuttgart trainee surprised many when he completed a £5 million switch to Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen ahead of the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign.

Since then he has scored five league goals and provided one assist in 11 games, as well as a hat-trick on his senior national team debut.

"It was the right decision," he told Kicker. "Everybody who compares my development over the last four months to my time in England before that can't come to a different conclusion.

"That was the main reason for the transfer – I wanted to get more playing time and it worked," he added. "Arsenal wanted to keep me, badly, but I had to look after my development.

"If a player does not perform well, a club has no sympathy and they do not want to keep him."

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