By Joe Nelson
Germany Olympic manager Horst Hrubesch has expressed his frustration at the lack of chances Arsenal have given to emerging winger Serge Gnabry.
The Stuttgart-born wide man has caught the eye with his performances at the Olympic Games in Rio, netting once against Mexico in a 2-2 draw, before hitting a brace against South Korea in a 3-3 thriller.
The 21-year-old had a disappointing loan spell with West Brom last season and Olympic coach Hrubesch is annoyed that Gnabry hasn’t had the chance to prove himself in the Arsenal first team.
“He’s shown what he can do to everybody,” Hrubesch said to Germany broadcaster sport1.de, as quoted by the Sky Sports website. “I’m just annoyed that he is never shown this faith by his club.”
His form has also prompted follow Olympic teammate and Borussia Dortmand Ginter to herald the youngster as the team’s stand out performer so far: “He’s our saviour,” Ginter said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Gnabry, whose contract with The Gunners runs out at the end of the season, said: “I’m just trying to help my team – that’s what I’m here for.”
Another Gunner impressing in Rio is newly-signed Takuma Asano, who has scored two goals in two appearances whilst representing Japan versus Nigeria and Colombia.
The 21-year-old striker was signed from Sanfrecce Hiroshima earlier this summer by Wenger and has already made five appearances for Japan’s full national side, scoring once.