Arsenal are prepared to cancel Serge Gnabry's loan deal with West Bromwich Albion if Tony Pulis does not change his opinion of him before the January transfer window, according to the Telegraph.
The former Stoke City manager caused controversy earlier this week after claiming the German winger was not “at that level to play games” for the Baggies.
His opinion would be particularly disappointing to Arsene Wenger, who rates Gnabry highly after bringing him through the club's youth system.
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Gnabry, a Germany Under-21 international, had threatened to become a first-team regular before a serious knee injury ruled him out for the vast majority of last season. A season on loan with a Premier League outfit was seen as the perfect chance to get him back on the right trajectory.
However, Gnabry has played just 12 minutes of football at the Hawthorns this season and, based on Pulis' comments, does not have much hope of adding to that paltry total anytime soon.
The situation is even more dire for the Gunners because of their injury crisis on the right side of midfield.
Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have all been ruled out of Arsenal's next three games, leaving Wenger with a lack of options going into crucial games against Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur.
Gnabry will not return in time to take part in any of those games. In fact, Arsenal can't add him to their Premier League squad until the January window, but, if both teams agree, the deal can end as soon as New Year's Day.
Joel Campbell is now Arsenal's most established player who can play on the right wing, but reports have suggested that Hector Bellerin could be moved further upfield from his full-back position.
Wenger may also switch Alexis Sanchez from the left-wing and give Kieran Gibbs the chance to get some much-needed game time in the Chilean's natural position.