Arsene Wenger says Serge Gnabry’s loan spell at West Bromwich Albion will be crucial to his development.
The 20-year-old has not played for Arsenal’s first team since March 11, 2014 due to a long-term knee injury, but he has now returned to full fitness.
It was announced on Friday that Gnabry will move to The Hawthorns, and Wenger hopes he will gain the experience he needs.
“He has had a very tough time,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He was out for over a year and what he needs is competition and to compete at a regular level.
“Here, now, he would maybe not be in the first XI because he needs first to compete.
“We know he is ready to play in the Premier League but we know as well that what is needed for him is to get 25 to 30 games to show that he can produce it on a regular basis and cope with it physically.”
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