Ray Parlour is a big fan of Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry but says Premier League giants Arsenal should look elsewhere as they look to strengthen Mikel Arteta’s squad this summer, speaking to talkSPORT (31 May, 9.20am).
It’s Groundhog Day again at the Allianz Arena.
Just 12 months after David Alaba departed for Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski’s storied Bayern career looks certain to come to a similarly acrimonious end.
And amid all the drama surrounding arguably world football’s finest number nine, the uncertainty surrounding another of Bayern’s treble-winning stars continues to fly somewhat under the radar.
Gnabry, like Lewandowski, is out of contract in 2023.
And the Germany international obviously feels he has unfinished business in North London, BILD reporting that Gnabry is open to the idea of re-joining an Arsenal side he departed all the way back in 2016, much to Arsene Wenger’s chagrin.
COULD ARSENAL REALLY RE-SIGN SERGE GNABRY FROM BAYERN MUNICH?
Gnabry, a Champions League, Bundesliga and Club World Cup winner who’s scored 64 goals in 171 games for Bayern Munich – four of those coming in a famous 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur a couple of years ago – is one of the most effective forwards in European football these days.
A front three of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Gnabry, with Martin Odegaard pulling the strings in behind, would be nothing short of devastating.
But Parlour has a point. A rather sobering one at that.
Surely, rather than investing a huge sum in one top-class player, Arsenal would be better served splitting their transfer budget across a number of different positions, with competition required at left-back and defensive midfield.
“He’s a good player. A very, very good player. But there’s other positions that they really need to concentrate on,” says a member of Wenger’s 2004 Invincible squad.
“A striker. They’ve got to get another striker. (Alexandre) Lacazette (is going), (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang has gone, (Eddie) Nketiah is a player to come off the bench. I wouldn’t say he starts every week, though he might play in the Europa League.
“Certainly left-back is a bit of a problem, for me. (Kieran) Tierney has had a lot of injuries and they need a bit more cover there. And central midfield. I think they definitely need a ball-player in there. (Thomas) Partey’s had his injury problems as well.
A BIG SUMMER FOR ARSENAL
“So I think those are the three positions they’re looking at.”
The Gunners will add another exciting wide player to their squad, too, in the shape of Sao Paulo wonderkid Marquinhos.