Stuttgart may try to step up their efforts to re-sign Arsenal's Gnabry in January, after attempting to lure him back over the summer, according to club sporting director Jochen Schneider.

The 18-year old left Stuttgart for the Emirates in 2011 in a £100,000 deal, having spent a solitary season in the German club's youth academy.

Gnabry has been exposed to first team football in the Premier League due to injuries to regulars, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The German has impressed many with his appearances for the Gunner's, scoring his first Premier League goal in Arsenal's 2-1 victory against Swansea.

Gnabry, who has appeared in seven Premier League games, reportedly had the opportunity to return to his former club in the summer but turned the offer down.

Schneider told Bild: “It’s true, he had the chance to return in the summer,” he said. “But he opted to fight for his chance at Arsenal and deserves every respect for this decision.”

Gnabry made his first start for the Gunners in their Premier League match against Stoke City following an injury to Walcott.

Schneider has not given up hope of luring the Under-19 international back to the club, also admitting he is in contact with the youngster's family.

“After his goal in Swansea I sent his father a text to congratulate him,” Schneider said.

“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.”

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