Arsenal's highly-rated youngster Serge Gnabry rejected the chance to join Stuttgart in the summer, according to their sporting director Jochen Schneider.
The 18-year-old has turned heads this year after being given first-team opportunities by Arsene Wenger, and was handed his first full Premier League debut in Arsenal's clash with Stoke before scoring a week later against Swansea.
However it has now emerged that Arsenal could have easily lost their starlet in the summer, as he was wanted by Stuttgart; the club he left to join the Gunners in 2011.
Schneider, Stuttgart's sporting director, confirmed that the club wanted to bring Gnabry back to Germany, and didn't rule out another move for the youngster in the future, saying that they would leave their options very much open and would follow his progress in the Premier League.
"It's true, he had the chance to return in the summer but he opted to fight for his chance at Arsenal and deserves every respect for this decision," Schneider said.
"After his goal in Swansea I sent his father a text to congratulate him.
"We will continue to monitor his progress. But if he continues to go down the path he is currently going and becomes a starter for Arsenal, it will get difficult."
Arsenal are currently sitting atop of the Premier League despite their pre-season woes, and have amassed a very healthy 16 points from seven games.