The German international and Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry terrorized Tottenham Hotspur last night. The former Arsenal misfit and outcast who only played 10 league games while with The Gunners, has grown into one of the most exciting attackers in World football.
Arsenal manager at the time Arsene Wenger could not see the use of Gnabry and sold him to Werder Bremen, as he instead went for expensive options and let this young talent dry in the shadows of the first team.
He had been signed at an early age from his home town club Stuttgart and was at that time of course a promising prospect, but it never materialized under the wings of Arsene Wenger, and his career got a kick start when he left to join Werder Bremen.
To go back must have been ideal for Gnabry as he flourished and really as we have seen with other players like Kevin De Bruyne as one example, getting play time and become a certain starter at a club at a certain level is so vital for progress.
Mohamed Salah is another example, not really getting a chance at Chelsea and by moving on you have a possible chance to get your career on track. Just weeks after joining Werder Bremen he was selected to play for Germany.
His international track record is something close to amazing with 9 goals in 10 games, and strangely Tony Pulis couldn’t find a place in his line up at West Bromwich, when the youngster moved on loan to The Hawthorns in 2015. Just a year after he was playing for Germany.
He cought the eye of the bigger clubs with his fantastic pace and goalscoring form as Bayern Munich came around ready to sign him after just a season with Werder. He was straight away loaned out to Hoffenheim and again made an impression, seeing him as a first team alternative in the Bayern setup this season.
Gnabry made his first team debut at Bayern early last season, coming on as a sub against his boyhood club Stuttgart, he scored his first goal in a match a few weeks later v. Freiburg and last season ending as the 2nd highest goalscorer with 10 goals at Bayern Munich.
To watch his performance last night against Tottenham Hotspur was just a delight as he scored four goals and participating in an attacking approach against the Spurs defense that in all ended in a 7-2 battering, a highly surprisingly outfall of a game that many had seen as a tough test for Bayern Munich.
The player is again a living proof of how talent is able to flourish as some footballers are lost even at places such as West Bromwich, and then taking on the World scene of football, it’s a living proof that life can change as you are worked with in the right way and getting the chances needed to become a great player, often managers doesn’t see or have the patience needed to get everything on track.
- In Focus, Factfile:
- Full Name: Serge David Gnabry
- Position: Forward
- Date of Birth: 14.07.1995
- Birthplace: Stuttgart
- Nation: Germany
- Caps / Goals: 10/9
- Major League Career
- 2012-16, Arsenal (10/1)
- 2016-17, Werder Bremen (27/11)
- 2017, Bayern Munich (35/11)
- 2017-18, Hoffenheim (23/10) Loan
- More Facts: Wikipedia