BBC journo offers update on Wilshere, Gnabry & further transfers

By on August 30, 2016

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BBC journalist David Ornstein has offered an update on the situations regarding Jack Wilshere and Serge Gnabry amid reports both players are set for moves away from Arsenal.

News broke late on Monday night that Wilshere had been made available for loan with the Evening Standard claiming that  the midfielder had expressed his concerns about regular playing time to Arsene Wenger.

The boss agreed to let Jack leave on a short-term basis in order to regain his match fitness and confidence after another turbulent year that saw the midfielder play just three games last season due to a broken leg.

Many fans were disappointed to hear the news and were hoping we’d only sanction a loan deal until January or at the very least we’d include a call-back clause in any season-long loan deal.

However, unfortunately BBC journalist David Ornstein has confirmed on Twitter that Wilshere is set to leave on a one-year loan with NO break clause if the right club can be found.

I think it’s a risky move as we all know we’ll get the inevitable injury crisis at some point during the season and Wilshere’s exit could leave us short of options, so I don’t see why we wouldn’t include a call-back clause to cover our backs.

Understandably there is plenty of interest being shown from clubs in England, Spain and Italy but let’s hope if he does leave that Jack picks wisely and joins a team where he’s guaranteed to play. I’d be gutted if he left us and ended up rotting on the Juventus bench.

Ornstein also gave an update on the Gnabry situation after German publication Bild reported this morning that the winger was being lined-up for a move to Bayern Munich with the Bundesliga giants planning to immediately send him on loan to Werder Bremen.

The BBC journo confirms that Arsenal are still wanting to keep hold of Gnabry but concedes that a big offer from Bayern could change things as the 21-year-old has just one year left on his deal.

If we can’t persuade Gnabry to sign an extension then it makes sense for Arsenal to cash-in and it looks as though Bayern are his most likely destination, but a loan move to Werder for this season is expected no matter which club officially owns him.

The Werder manager has been quoted today as saying that they are in talks with Arsenal over a loan deal for Gnabry so it’s certainly going to be interesting to see what happens.  I hope we can persuade the winger to sign a new deal and send him out on loan to Werder and resist any offers from Bayern.

The final update from Ornstein was a disappointing one as he claims that there will be no last minute dash for a late signing before the transfer window slams shut on Wednesday night.

Lucas Perez has been formally announced this afternoon and Shkodran Mustafi is expected to follow any time now but they looks like they will be the final two arrivals this summer.

With Wilshere leaving and Gnabry maybe leaving, I had hoped Wenger would dip in to the market to bring in another winger/attacker but that appears highly unlikely now.

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