Lukas Podolski Explains What Went Wrong for Serge Gnabry at Arsenal

Lukas Podolski has claimed bad luck and injuries stopped Serge Gnabry from fulfilling his true potential at ?Arsenal.

After a measly ten Premier League appearances and one goal for the Gunners’ first team, the German winger left the Emirates to return to Germany, firstly with Werder Bremen before joining Bayern Munich.

World Cup winner Podolski, who played alongside Gnabry in north London, has now revealed certain mitigating factors got in the way of his compatriot, stopping him from making the grade at the Emirates.

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“He was unlucky and had a few injuries. He did well in training,” Podolski told FourFourTwo, as quoted by ?Goal.

“Off the pitch we spent a lot of time together, going for dinner. But sometimes football is like that, or you find a manager who gives you more confidence.

“Serge can shoot with both feet, and he is powerful and quick – a bit like me, only I don’t have a right foot like him! I’m really pleased he’s doing well at Bayern.”

Gnabry rose through Arsenal’s youth system and by the gentle age of 16 was on the fringes of the first team. However, he was sent for a loan spell at West Brom after struggling to find his feet in north London and struggled under then Baggies boss Tony Pulis.

Werder Bremen snapped the winger up in 2016 in a £5m deal before Bayern came calling. A three-year deal was signed with the Bavarian giants and Gnabry was again shipped off on loan – this time to Hoffenheim.

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The former Arsenal youngster eventually broke into Bayern’s starting XI in the 2018/19 season, with ageing stars Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben close to the Allianz Arena exit door. Gnabry played a vital role in Bayern’s league and cup double, but has put in more impressive performances this term.

Including that absolutely stunning showing against ?Tottenham in the ?Champions League where he scored four goals in a 7-2 win, Gnabry has netted 18 in 33 across all competitions this season for ?Bayern.

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90min’s Greatest Footballers of All Time Draft – As it Happened

?You’re bored. We’re bored. Everyone’s bored. 

We’ve all been indoors for what seems like an eternity. We’ve all watched every Simpsons episode from season 2-10 about a thousand times. We’ve walked the dog a billion times. One day we even did a spot of cleaning. 

And now, we’ve run out of things to do. The boredom has come, and bah gawd is it boring. 

So in the search for new ways to stave off the boredom, we at 90min stumbled on an idea: 

What if we did a greatest footballers of all time draft? 

‘What in the Jesus is that?’ 

I’m glad you asked. 

Seven members of 90min team banded together last week to pick our personal GOAT XIs from carefully collated lists of the top 25 players of all time in each position. 

We picked these teams using an American sports style snake draft format – one pick per person in each of the 11 rounds, with the order of the picks determined via a random draft order generator. Here’s the order that threw up: 

1. ?Chris Deeley

2. ?Scott Saunders

3. ?Jack Gallagher

4. ?Toby Cudworth

5.? Hunter Godson

6. ?Ben Haines 

7. ?Jude Summerfield

And here is how the draft went down: 


Round 1

Diego Maradona

Pick 1 

Chris Deeley selects Diego Maradona

90min‘s number one greatest player of all time, so he had to go first, didn’t he?

Tooted and booted rating: 10/10


Pick 2

Scott Saunders selects Lionel Messi

Scott’s already won the Twitter poll…

Never scored a World Cup knockout round goal rating: 10/10


Pick 3

Jack Gallagher selects Franz Beckenbauer

A left-field pick from Jack, but because Beckenbauer can play literally anywhere it’s probably a good one. 

1974 afro rating: 8/10


Pick 4

Toby Cudworth selects Ronaldo

‘Which one?’ 

‘R9.’

‘Ohhhhh right answer – good pick.’ 

‘Real/fat’ rating: 7/10


Pick 5

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Hunter Godson selects Cristiano Ronaldo

It’s looking like a two-horse race between Scott and Hunter on Twitter.

Has a six-pack but can’t grow a beard rating: 10/10 


Pick 6

Ben Haines selects Paolo Maldini

Benjamin selects the most beautiful man on the draft board. 

Can also play tennis rating: 6/10


Pick 7

Jude Summerfield selects Pele

The second best player of all time dropped wayyyyyy down to the last pick in the first round. A steal of a pick for Jude. 

‘Hey ma look at me, I’m Pele’ rating: 9/10


Round 2

Zinedine Zidane

Pick 8

Jude Summerfield selects Zinedine Zidane

And another one! 

‘Siri play ?Coldplay – The Scientist’ rating: 10/10


Pick 9

Ben Haines selects Cafu

Picking his full-backs first is a rogue tactic, but it might pay off. 

Rhymes with Kung-fu rating: 4/10


Pick 10

Hunter Godson selects George Best

Hunter = closet Manchester United fan. 

Norn Iron rating: 10/10


Pick 11

Dutch midfielder Johann Cruyff dribbles

Toby Cudworth selects Johan Cruyff

MUNDIAL READERS WILL LOVE THIS PICK FROM TOBY BECAUSE IT’S CRUYFF AND IN CAPITAL LETTERS. 

Invented modern football rating: 10/10


Pick 12

Jack Gallagher selects Michel Platini

Morality aside, you have to say this pick is class. 

?’The guy I’m really looking for is Mr. Bribe’ rating: 10/10


Pick 13

Ronaldinho

Scott Saunders selects Ronaldinho

And Twitter cheers as Scott picks another of its favourites. 

Currently in prison playing football to win piglets rating: 10/10


Pick 14

Chris Deeley selects Franco Baresi

It’s hard to find fault in this pick to be honest. 

AC Milan fans like him more than Maldini rating: 8/10


Round 3

Pick 15

Chris Deeley selects Lothar Matthaus

Chris Deeley picks a man with an ego almost as inflated as his own.  

Ego rating: 10/10


Pick 16

Andrea Pirlo

Scott Saunders selects Andrea Pirlo

Twitter: ‘Three cheers for Scott!’ 

Drinks red wine rating: 10/10


Pick 17

Jack Gallagher selects Gerd Muller

Platini and Muller in the same team makes Jack’s team a ?something something. 

?Eat my goal rating: 10/10


Pick 18

Toby Cudworth selects Ruud Gullit

Toby has selected Gullit and now we’re all scared because his team is becoming quite good. 

Hates Alan Shearer rating: 7/10


Pick 19

Hunter Godson selects Eusebio

Honestly, I didn’t think Eusebio would be picked at all – never mind 19th overall. 

The first ‘e’ is silent rating: 10/10


Pick 20

FC Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol reac

Ben Haines selects Carles Puyol

Sticking to his guns here, Benjamin is building from the back. 

It’s not Carlos rating: 8/10


Pick 21

Jude Summerfield selects Mane Garrincha

Jude has added some much needed flair to his team that contains Pele and Zinedine Zidane…

Bent legs rating: 8/10


Round 4

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Pick 22

Jude Summerfield selects Rivelino

…More much needed flair being added to Jude’s team which contains Pele, Zinedine Zidane and Mane Garrincha. 

Moustache rating: 10/10


Pick 23

Ben Haines selects Fernando Hierro

Back four: complete. Ben’s mission: accomplished. 

Played for Bolton rating: 10/10


Pick 24

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Hunter Godson selects Kaka

Good pick from Hunter to be fair.

Loves God rating: 8/10


Pick 25

Toby Cudworth selects Ruud Krol

Ohhhhh so that’s what Toby is doing: he’s picking a Dutch team. Clever…maybe…

Terrible manager rating: 5/10


Pick 26

Jack Gallagher selects Paul Brietner

Another German who can play anywhere for Jack. 

1974 afro rating: 10/10


Pick 27

Scott Saunders selects Steven Gerrard

Twitter: ‘We love you Scotty, we do!’

Phil Collins fandom rating: 9/10


Pick 28

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Chris Deeley selects Romario

Deeley loves those early 90s legends. 

‘I scored 1000 goals…swear’ rating: 10/10


Round 5

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Pick 29

Chris Deeley selects Roberto Carlos

A Twitter favourite – smart pick up from Deeley. 

‘He must have a foot like a traction engine’ rating: 10/10


Pick 30

Scott Saunders selects Javier Zanetti

A non-Twitter pick from Scott! And bah gawd it’s a good one. 

Olay anti-aging night cream rating: 8/10


Pick 31

Alessandro Nesta of AC Milan

Jack Gallagher selects Alessandro Nesta

Franz Beckenbauer – Alessandro Nesta centre back partnership: delightful. 

Once took the ball off Messi rating: 9/10


Pick 32

Toby Cudworth selects Johan Neeskens

More Dutchmen for Toby. He loves it. 

Not Johan Cruyff rating: 5/10


Pick 33

Hunter Godson selects Andres Iniesta

Kaka and Iniesta together. Nice. 

Made Chelsea fans cry rating: 9/10


Pick 34

Ben Haines selects Gordon Banks

Ben is really sticking to his game plan, selecting a goalkeeper very, very, very early in the draft.

THAT save rating: 10/10


Pick 35

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Jude Summerfield selects Socrates

Jude picks a player he can get cigarettes off. Great shout. 

Weird Greek Philosopher rating: 7/10


Round 6

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Pick 36

Jude Summerfield selects Luka Modric

And Jack punches the table in disgust as Jude selects the player he had pencilled in for his next pick.

Raging Jude picked him before I could rating: 9/10


Pick 37

Ben Haines selects Claude Makelele

Ok, no one is scoring against Ben’s team. 

Better than N’Golo Kante rating: 10/10


Pick 38

Patrick Vieira,Sol Campbell,Fredrik Ljungberg

Hunter Godson selects Patrick Vieira

It’s just a fantastic pick. It really is. 

Big guy rating: 9/10


Pick 39

Toby Cudworth selects Roy Keane

Every draftee grunts in disgust as Toby picks Roy Keane – the man who could beat up everyone else’s team single handedly. 

Would start a fight with a bouncer in a quiet pub in Donegal rating: 10/10


Pick 40

Jack Gallagher selects Xavi Hernandez

‘I’m taking Xavi…ah dammit, why did I pick him?’ 

?The Curb Your Enthusiasm th?eme plays. 

Team = BROKEN.

Curb Your Enthusiasm rating: 10/10


Pick 41

Paul Scholes

Scott Saunders selects Paul Scholes

Another fan favourite for Scott…so long as he doesn’t play him out left. 

Ginger rating: 10/10


Pick 42

Chris Deeley selects Lilian Thuram

Solid. Solid. Solid. 

Now looks like a theology professor rating: 7/10


Round 7

Juventus midfielder Czech Pavel Nedved r

Pick 43

Chris Deeley selects Pavel Nedved

‘He was born in Cheb’ says Deeley as he makes a pretty damn good selection. 

Born in the town of Cheb rating: 10/10


Pick 44

Scott Saunders selects Sergio Ramos

All that pandering to Twitter ruined with the pick up of the man who made Mohamed Salah cry. 

Shithouse rating: 10/10


Pick 45

Jack Gallagher selects Hristo Stoichkov

A random panic pick at best – obviously still reeling from the disastrous Xavi pick. 

‘How in sweet honourable Jesus do you say that first name?’ rating: 6/10


Pick 46

Toby Cudworth selects Manuel Neuer

‘Ohhhhh he has a mistake in him!’ 

Literally everyone’s response to Toby’s round 7 pick. 

Has a mistake in him rating: 7/10


Pick 47

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro celebra

Hunter Godson selects Fabio Cannavaro

Hunter selects the smallest man in the world to lead his backline.

Lives in China rating: 7/10


Pick 48

Ben Haines selects Clarence Seedorf

Everybody loves Seedorf.

Likelihood of cameo appearance in HBO show Ballers rating: 8/10


Pick 49

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Jude Summerfield selects Ronald Koeman

‘I need a centre back that can score goals’, says Jude as he picks a centre back who can score goals. 

‘I need a centre back that can score goals’ rating: 9/10


Round 8

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Pick 50

Jude Summerfield selects Gianluigi Buffon

The best goalkeeper of all time. Nice pick. 

Mid-life crisis rating: 8/10


Pick 51

Paul Gascoigne of Tottenham Hotspur and Paul Birch of Aston Villa

Ben Haines selects Paul Gascoigne

Noted Spurs fan Ben picks noted Spurs legend Gazza. Makes sense.

Football Italia host rating: 1/10


Pick 52

Hunter Godson selects Rio Ferdinand

Noted closet Manchester United fan Hunter picks noted Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand. Makes sense. 

Injured himself lifting the TV remote rating: 10/10


Pick 53

Toby Cudworth selects Gaetano Scirea

After picking a million players who lost World Cup finals, Toby needed a player who actually won one so he selected Juventus legend Scirea. 

Catenaccio rating: 9/10


Pick 54

Jack Gallagher selects Arjen Robben

He’s given up. He’s broken his team. There’s no way back. 

Perfect head shape for a bald man rating: 10/10


Pick 55

Gabriel Batistuta of Fiorentina celebrates

Scott Saunders selects Gabriel Bastituta

Swooping in before Deeley, Scott gets his man: Batigol. 

?Release the Kracken!!!! rating: 10/10


Pick 56

Chris Deeley selects Daniel Passarella

Another clever selection from Deeley. 

Brian appreciation rating: 9/10


Round 9

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Pick 57

Chris Deeley selects Jairzinho

Less clever, but fun. 

Best Body on the Planet FIFA award: 10/10


Pick 58

Giorgio Chiellini

Scott Saunders selects Giorgio Chiellini

Ramos and Chiellini at the back = THE DREAM.

There Will Be Blood rating: 10/10


Pick 59

Jack Gallagher selects Dani Alves

Jack: ‘It’s between Dani Alves and Carlos Alberto…I’ll take Dani Alves.” 

Hunter: ‘Ah shite.’ 

Can open a beer bottle with an overhead kick rating: 10/10


Pick 60

Toby Cudworth selects Marcel Desailly

Like most of Toby’s team, Desailly can play pretty much anywhere so he fits the bill. 

Great smile rating: 10/10


Pick 61

Hunter Godson selects Carlos Alberto

Second prize. 

Scored a really good goal this one time rating: 9/10


Pick 62

Ben Haines selects Thierry Henry

The best Premier League player ever is selected late in the 9th. 

Renault Clio dealer rating: 8/10


Pick 63

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Jude Summerfield selects Bobby Moore

Jude shouts ‘Brexit!’ and selects England’s greatest ever defender. 

West Ham rating: 10/10


Round 10

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Pick 64

Jude Summerfield selects Denis Irwin

He follows that up by singing Raglan Road and picking Ireland’s greatest ever full back. 

Looks like a History teacher rating: 9/10


Pick 65

Ben Haines selects Jimmy Greaves

Ben has finally picked a forward! Hooraaay! 

Pour Anglais rating: 8/10


Pick 66

Hunter Godson selects Marcelo

Second prize. 

Not as good as a Roberto Carlos rating: 10/10


Pick 67

Philipp Lahm,Thomas Mueller

Toby Cudworth selects Phillip Lahm

Not Dutch, but can play anywhere. Fits Toby’s bill. 

Pep Guardiola <3 rating: 9/10


Pick 68

Jack Gallagher selects Marco van Basten

Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in! A late steal in the draft. 

Sleepers (1996 – starring Brad Pitt and Kevin Bacon) pick rating: 10/10


Pick 69

Scott Saunders selects Patrice Evra

He couldn’t get Denis Irwin, so he’s got the next best thing. 

Eats raw chicken rating: 10/10


Pick 70

Lev Yashin,Jimmy Greaves

Chris Deeley selects Lev Yashin

The fourth goalkeeper selected, and the only one to win the Ballon d’Or. 

Flat cap rating: 10/10


Round 11

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Pick 71

Chris Deeley selects Marco Tardelli

For the celebrations alone, this is a good pick. 

Celebration rating: 10/10


Pick 72

Scott Saunders selects Peter Schmeichel 

There’s goals throughout Scott’s team…

‘It’s i before e except after c’ rating: 10/10


Pick 73

Jack Gallagher selects Dino Zoff

Couldn’t get Buffon, but Zoff will more than do a job.

?Jurassic Park rating: 8/10


Pick 74

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Toby Cudworth selects Roberto Baggio

Toby selects Jack’s spirit animal…the spirit animal he completely forgot about. 

Ponytail rating: 10/10


Pick 75

Hunter Godson selects Edwin van der Sar

Solid but ?can’t dance. The 90min team in a nutshell. 

Played for Fulham rating: 8/10


Pick 76

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Ben Haines selects Luis Figo

Another steal late in the draft. Benjamin finishes his team off on a high. 

Shouldn’t have won the Ballon d’Or in 2000 rating: 8/10


Pick 77

Jude Summerfield selects Djalma Santos

And with the final pick of the draft Jude picks…Djalma Santos. Who was a Brazilian footballer…this one time… 

‘Who the f**k is that guy?’ rating: 7/10


Be sure to keep an eye on 90min.com and our social media pages in the coming days (Twitter & Instagram) for the finalised teams, and a chance to vote for whose team you think is the best!


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Manuel Neuer at Odds With Bayern Munich Over 5-Year Contract Demand

?Bayern Munich and Manuel Neuer have reached a sticking point in negotiations over a new deal, with a disagreement arising over the contract length.

Neuer last signed a new deal at Bayern back in 2016, which is set to expire in 2021.

Last week, the chances of Neuer signing a new deal were rated as ‘questionable’ as he was seeking a longer deal than Bayern were prepared to offer him, triggering speculation about his future with Chelsea linked with a surprise move for the goalkeeper.

Manuel Neuer

Now it has been revealed that there is a two-year disparity between the two parties. According to ?Bild journalist ?Christian Falk, negotiations between the club and player have become ‘difficult’ because Neuer is after a new five-year deal, which would keep him at the club until 2025. However, ?Bayern are only willing to offer him a three-year contract.

Should Bayern agree to the terms that the German international desires, this would extend his stay at the club past his 39th birthday.


Neuer has been ever present in between the sticks at the Allianz Arena since his 2011 move from Schalke, and was handed the captaincy following Philipp Lahm’s 2017 retirement.

However, he suffered a foot fracture towards the back end of the 2016/17 season, and this injury plagued him for over a year, as he made just three Bundesliga appearances the following campaign.

Neuer’s injury concerns appear to be behind him this season, with the 34-year-old starting all 25 of the club’s Bundesliga fixtures.

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Prior to the season being suspended due to coronavirus, Neuer had been on course to secure his eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, with Bayern sitting four points clear of Dortmund at the league summit.

However, the club have already confirmed the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Alexander Nübel on a free transfer ahead of next season.

Nübel, who has caught the eye at Neuer’s former club Schalke, is regarded as the World Cup winner’s natural long-term successor. 

He signed a five-year deal in January, and is expected to challenge Neuer for a starting berth next season.

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Philippe Coutinho’s Agent Rubbishes Claims That Daniel Levy Held Up Spurs Deal

?Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has vehemently denied that his client’s potential move to Tottenham last summer fell apart because of Spurs’ finances.

The north London club was heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian playmaker during the final weeks of August, but a deal failed to materialise as Tottenham instead wrapped up deals for Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon, while going ahead with the high-profile pursuit of Juventus’ Paolo Dybala.

Joorabchian, representing Coutinho during last summer’s negotiations, has clarified that Tottenham’s financial position had nothing to do with their failure to snare Coutinho in an interview with the Mirror.


Claims had recently emerged in the Spanish press that Coutinho was furious at Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for attempting to renegotiate a cut-price deal in the eleventh hour of talks.

According to Joorabchian, however, the real reason behind discussions stalling was that Coutinho didn’t fit into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

“Philippe Coutinho has no personal issue with Daniel Levy and claims otherwise are totally false. The deal did not collapse due to financial reasons,” said Joorabchian.

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It was generally understood during Pochettino’s reign that he preferred to use the transfer market as an opportunity to purchase talented prospects under the age of 25 rather than sign established players such as Coutinho who would unsettle the club’s infamously regimented wage structure.

While Tottenham’s unexpected swoop for Dybala, which fell apart due to convoluted image rights negotiations, was a rare exception, a move for the 27-year-old Coutinho would have been out of keeping for a summer window which saw Spurs secure the services of up-and-coming midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé alongside Sessegnon and Lo Celso.

With Pochettino since replaced by José Mourinho at the Tottenham helm, in part due to the complications arising from being unable to sell and replace attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen in 2019, it remains to be seen whether Spurs will continue to prioritise youth over experience in their transfer dealings.

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Leroy Sane ‘Apparently’ Has Sights Set on Barcelona After Miraculous Loss of Interest in Bayern Move

Leroy Sane has apparently gone off the idea of moving to Bayern Munich, with Barcelona now being his preferred destination. 

The German has not played for Manchester City all season after suffering a serious knee injury in the Community Shield final back in August. 

Just before football was suspended, he stepped up his rehabilitation by playing 57 minutes for the Cityzens’ Under-23s team, but that is the closest he has come to competitive first team action. 

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Sane had a reduced role in the City squad last season as the arrival of Riyad Mahrez and impressive form of Bernardo Silva increased competitions for places in Pep Guardiola’s side. 

It was due to this that the forward was said to be open to the idea of moving to ?Bayern Munich, as reported by 90min all the way back in July. As the situation has progressed, Sane’s desire to sign for Die Roten has got stronger and stronger. 

Most recently, 90min revealed two months ago that Sane was ‘?anxious’ to get the deal over the line, despite reports around that time that suggested he had started to have doubts about returning to Germany. 

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Now, a report from ?Calciomercato has again claimed that he is unsure about whether to move to the Allianz Arena. They state that Sane would prefer to move to ‘other destinations’…such as ?Barcelona. 

What the report conveniently leaves out is any information explaining his drastic change of heart, but that is perhaps unsurprising – considering they cannot even get his age right. He’s 24, not 23 by the way…

A much more likely stumbling block in Sane’s move to Barcelona is City’s hefty €100m price tag. With coronavirus causing financial uncertainty, it is unlikely that any clubs would sanction such an expensive transfer when football eventually resumes. 


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