By Joe Nelson
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he wants Serge Gnabry to stay at Arsenal and sign a new contract.
The 21-year-old winger is out of contract next summer but Wenger insisted that he will be going nowhere.
The Stuttgart-born wide man has caught the eye with his performances at the Olympic Games in Rio, scoring six goals for Germany to spearhead their passage to the final.
“I want to keep Serge Gnabry and extend his contract. I think we stood by him,” said Wenger on Thursday, as quoted by the Sky Sports on their transfer centre blog (9.23am). “He went to West Brom, didn’t play, we had to rebuild his confidence.
“I allowed him to go to the Olympics to help Germany. I think he’s here now for a long time.”
German publication Sport Bild have reported that Hertha Berlin are keeping close tabs on the 21-year-old and have shortlisted him as a transfer target.
The Arsenal starlet’s contract runs out at the end of this season and it is believed that he would cost around £1.7million this summer if his current deal is not extended.
But Wenger still has faith in the German even tough he hasn’t appeared for the north London club since March 2014.
The youngster had a disappointing loan at Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion last season, where he was recalled after making just three appearances for Tony Pulis’ side in all competitions.
The seven-time capped Germany Under-21 international was highly rated when he broke into the Gunners first-team after he made his professional debut in the 2012-13 season against Coventry in the League Cup.
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