Saturday, March 17, 2018

Gnabry joins West Brom on loan

West Bromwich Albion F.C. have boosted their attacking options with the season-long loan signing of Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry.

West Bromwich Albion F.C. have boosted their attacking options with the season-long loan signing of Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry.

The Germany Under-21 international, who joined Arsenal from VfB Stuttgart for £100,000 in 2011, becomes the Baggies fourth summer recruit following the arrivals of James Chester (Hull City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), and Rickie Lambert (Liverpool).

Gnabry will wear No. 31 at The Hawthorns and is available for Monday’s English Premier League opener against Manchester City.

“I’m very delighted by the move,” said Gnabry.

“I see the opportunity that I can play, it’s a good club and I’ve heard good things.

“I’m very happy that I’ve signed here. I’ve got good impressions and I feel it’s a good environment for me to play and also develop as a player.”

Albion manager Tony Pulis added: “We’re delighted to add Serge to our options. “He is a top player and he will bring us quality in certain areas of the pitch.”

Gnabry has scored one goal in ten Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

Muniesa pens new Stoke deal

Stoke City F.C. have confirmed defender Marc Muniesa has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at the Britannia Stadium.

Muniesa, who joined the Potters on a free transfer after leaving Barcelona in 2013, established himself as a first-team regular under Mark Hughes in 2014/15, but was limited to 19 Premier League appearances due to a hamstring injury.

The former Spain youth international, who can play centre-back as well as left-back, is expected to be a crucial first-team player for the Potters this season.

“We are absolutely delighted that he has re-committed to the Club,” Hughes said.

“He made a big decision when he decided to leave a club of the stature of Barcelona a couple of years ago. He has shown real strength of character to close the door on the club he loves.

“He came here, to another good club, has been patient and worked incredibly hard.

“He wasn’t physically strong enough initially but the work he has done has helped him. He has forced himself into my thinking, and he has never let me down.

“He is getting stronger month-by-month. He is a good guy, a real engaging character and we are so pleased that he is staying here with us for the long-term.”

Muniesa scored two goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for the Potters last season.

Stoke are priced at 11/10 to achieve a top-10 finish in the Premier League in 2015/16.


Shawn Etemadi



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