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Kimmich hopes friend Gnabry stays at Bayern amid Arsenal interest

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Joshua Kimmich has expressed his hope Serge Gnabry stays at Bayern Munich, as the winger continues to be linked with a return to Arsenal. Gnabry hinted at a move away from the Allianz Arena on Thursday as he asked: “Should I leave my comfort zone?”, with just a year left on his contract with the Bundesliga champions.

The winger finished the season with 14 league goals: Only team-mate Robert Lewandowski (35) scored more for Bayern, while just Thomas Muller (84), Kimmich (80), and Leroy Sane (50) created more chances for the side than Gnabry’s 48. That has led to interest from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who allowed Gnabry to leave for Werder Bremen in 2016 before he joined Bayern the following year.

However, Kimmich hopes his club-mate and international team-mate Gnabry stays with the Bavarian giants for at least another season.

“It’s also a difficult topic for me. Serge is my best friend and that’s why I hope he stays,” Kimmich told reporters at a Friday news conference ahead of Germany’s UEFA Nations League clash with Italy. “We understand each other not only on but also off the pitch. But in the end, it’s also important that he makes the right decision”. “Every day he joins a squad where it’s fun to play football, he has the chance to play for every title with us every year and an environment where he feels comfortable, [but] he has to decide what’s right for him.”

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