Serge Gnabry turns down Crystal Palace move

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Arsenal starlet Serge Gnabry has turned down a move to Crystal Palace, according to reports.

The 19-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move away from north London this summer, following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez and return to fitness of Theo Walcott.

Pulis interest

And, the Croydon Advertiser reports that Eagles boss Tony Pulis has taken a keen interest in bringing the player to Selhurst Park. However, the same paper goes on to claim that the teenager has rejected the chance to move to south-east London on loan for the new season.

That might not be the end of things for Gnabry, however, with Southampton, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Borussia Dortmund also credited with an interest in the former Stuttgart starlet.

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Arsene Wenger brought the player to the Emirates Stadium back in 2011, and the following season he made his debut after impressing for the Gunners’ youth and reserve teams. He made League Cup, Premier League and Champions League appearances in a short space of time before falling down the pecking order from November.

In 2013/14, he made nine league appearances for Arsenal, but with new arrivals and other options in the same position, it might be hard for Gnabry any more game time with the club next season.

Best option?

The teenager has shown glimpses of what he's capable of when given a chance to impress in the first team under Wenger. His problem is that there are better options ahead of him in the pecking order.

That's not a slight on the player, who is still young and has a lot to learn. Indeed, remaining at the club and watching the likes of Sanchez and Walcott in training could only be a benefit.

Needs football

However, playing first team football at a high level is the best way of developing, and a club like Palace is more than likely to offer that to Gnabry. Whether he thinks a better opportunity might become available remains to be seen, but he might regret saying no to this one.

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