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Arsene Wenger: Bayern Munich may have been behind Serge Gnabry deal

The Arsenal manager throws gasoline onto a long simmering fire.

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After an excellent performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Serge Gnabry’s future became a popular talking point. The options of staying in London with Arsenal or moving back home to Germany were the two clear favorites.

Then, at the end of August, Sky Germany reported that Bayern Munich planned to buy Gnabry and then loan him to Werder Bremen. While many Bayern fans liked the sound of it, their hopes were quickly dashed when Werder and Arsenal announced a straight transfer shortly after that.

However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed in a news conference that even he believed Bayern were behind the deal. "No, we have sold him definitely to Werder Bremen,” Wenger said. “At the time it looked like Bayern Munich were behind it.”

What does this mean for Gnabry’s future? Right now, he’s a Werder player, and there’s nothing that’s going to change that in the immediate future. With Bayern having signed both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to extensions through the summer of 2018, we’re unlikely to see a move for Gnabry before then.

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