Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry is believed to have turned down the opportunity to join Crystal Palace this week, seemingly happier at the prospect of fighting for his place in an Arsenal side now full to the brim with attacking talent.
The 19-year-old, who played 14 times for Arsenal last season, only put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at The Emirates last season, but with the likes of Özil, Ramsey, Walcott, Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain all vying for places in the starting eleven this term, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Gnabry sidelined for the majority of the campaign.
The German will no doubt make it into the Arsenal side on a few occasions throughout the coming months, but there is no doubt that a move to Selhurst Park would have seen him playing a far more pivotal role in than he will do by staying in North London.
With rumours of interest in him from Southampton, Newcastle and even Borussia Dortmund, Gnabry could well be open to a move elsewhere, but with no concrete offers on the table from the clubs in question as of yet, it seems as though he’s prepared to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place.
Who knows, should things not go to plan for the teenager, it may be a deal we could revisit in the January transfer window, until then, we will simply shift our gaze elsewhere.