Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has revealed that the sale of Serge Gnabry from Arsenal was a result of Bayern Munich’s manipulation of the player.
Gnabry scored just one goal in 18 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions under Wenger.
He was in the spotlight when he netted four goals in Bayern Munich’s 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League.
However, Wenger told beIN Sports that Gnabry lacked that self-confidence in during his playing career with the Gunners.
‘We tried to extend his contract for a very long time and I think that Bayern manipulated behind the scenes, that if he went to Bremen he would join Bayern after,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.
‘He was always a very talented boy who lacked confidence in some stages, but we always thought we had a player who could achieve a lot.
‘He came back from a very bad experience on loan at West Brom where his confidence was destroyed. I tried to rebuild him because I believed in him.’
‘A top-level career is consistency, if you look at the players that dominate our sport it’s the ones that show huge consistency and that’s what is at stake.
‘Can he maintain the quality of performances that he showed the other night?’
‘Bayern had just won 3-0 at Paderborn, you wouldn’t expect them to come and put seven goals away at Tottenham. I think it was one of those nights where everything goes for you and everything against Tottenham.’