Serge Gnabry of Arsenal has lit up the Olympics as part of Germany’s under-23 squad, and manager Horst Hrubesch has sung his praises.
Arsenal’s transfer activity has come in for much scrutiny, with Arsene Wenger claiming to The Guardian that the club may well emphasise the lower leagues in future.
A litany of youth prospects are already based at the Emirates though, with winger Serge Gnabry chief among them.
The 21-year-old has struggled for game-time at Arsenal to the extent that he was loaned out to West Brom last season, and even then only made three competitive appearances for the Baggies.
The undoubtedly talented German played a starring role in Germany U23’s 3-3 draw with the Korea Republic yesterday though, scoring two goals (33rd and 90th minute) in the process.
Afterwards, Horst Hrubesch lamanted the lack of opportunity afforded to Gnabry by his club (despite injury curtailing much of the progress made by the youngster.
“He’s shown what he can do to everybody,” the Germany coach said via sport1.de.
“I’m just annoyed that he is never shown this faith by his club.”
Teammate and Borussia Dortmund player Matthias Ginter also chimed in, saying: “He’s our saviour.” As for the man himself, Gnabry remained modest and focused on the team ethos.
“I’m just trying to help my team – that’s what I’m here for. We have not come here to be third or fourth, we want the gold medal.”