Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry will remain at the club beyond this summer, it has been confirmed by Arsene Wenger.
The 21-year-old German has been in hugely impressive form during the Olympics, scoring six goals as his side reached the final, where they will take on Neymar and his Brazilian teammates in the final.
With the north London side boasting an array of talents in wide areas and Gnabry’s injuries and inconsistency issues, the youngsters future seemed doubtful and a loan move to Hertha Berlin was heavily reported.
However, speaking at a news conference ahead of the second Premier League game of the season against defending champions Leicester City, the Frenchman confirmed that he hopes to extend Gnabry’s contract for the long-term.
“Gnabry? I want to keep Serge Gnabry and to extend his contract.
“We stood by him for a long time. You know, he went to West Brom and didn’t get a game.
“We built his confidence when he came back and I allowed him to go to the Olympic Games without having played for us at all, to get him back to competition and to help Germany.
“He’s been here for a long-time and it’s important he stays with us.”
It’s unlikely that any talks with Gnabry will take place until after the Olympics, although the talented German winger will take plenty of confidence from the words of his club boss.