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The Resurgence of Serge Gnabry

Gnabry’s immense growth within the past couple of years has made him one of the most sought after and enterprising young attackers in Europe. Gnabry began his youth career as a member of the youth academy of his home town club VFB Stuttgart. After showing a lot of promise and good work in the Stuttgart youth team, his talents caught the eyes of a lot of clubs around Europe. He was later snapped up by premier giants Arsenal in 2011, a club known for its consistency in giving young players a big platform. So everyone thought that the move was the right one for him.

 

Early footballing days in the Premiership

Serge Gnabry joined Arsenal from Stuttgart and spent two years in the under-18 before he earned his promotion to the first team in 2013. He made his debut for Arsenal at the age of 17 years in a League Cup match against Coventry City. On the 20th of October, Gnabry became the second-youngest player to ever feature for Arsenal in a Premier League game against Norwich City. Gnabry went on to make nine league appearances for Arsenal during the 2013-14 season. He sustained a severe knee injury that caused him to miss most of the 2014-15 season. However, he failed to make a breakthrough at the Emirates and was never under consideration by Arsene Wenger. The lack of game time at Arsenal saw Gnabry move to West Bromwich Albion on loan in 2015. His loan move to West Bromwich was unsuccessful because West Brom as at that was an all-defensive, Hard-hitting style, and it wasn’t right for him. After returning to Arsenal, the start of the resurgence began not in Arsenal but the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympics games.

 

The rise of Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry was a late inclusion in Horst Hrubesch’s under 23 sides that flew out to the 2016 Olympics games. He took the chance with both hands and finished the tournament as the top scorer, netting six goals, but in the end, they came up as the runners up losing to the host Brazil in a penalty shootout. Gnabry needed this to remind the whole world that he is still the talented player Arsenal bought him from Stuttgart four years ago. Gnabry decided to join Werder Bremen on a permanent after impressing in the Olympics games, and that was the turning point in Gnabry’s career. Gnabry scored 11 goals, and two assists helping Werder Bremen to finish in the top half of the German Bundesliga. His fiery performances at Bremen caught the attention of Bayern Munich, who secured his services for a fee of just 8 million Euros. Bayern Munich later loaned him to Hoffenheim and was natured very well by Julian Nagelsman. Nagelsman played a crucial role in Gnabry’s life; he was involved in 17 goals and helping Hoffenheim to achieve an incredible third-place finish in the Bundesliga. Gnabry returned to Bayern Munich in 2018 after an astonishing season with Hoffenheim, and it was then he showed excellent competence and fought for a place in the first team, in a squad full of talented players like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, and Kingsley Coman. He started games and was slowly becoming a vital member of the Bayern attack. At the end of the season, he scored ten goals and managed seven incredible assists. He helped the Bayern team to win the Bundesliga. His performances saw him win the player of the Season award in 2018-19 at Bayern Munich.

 

What next for Gnabry?

He is currently experiencing burgeoning success and has established himself as a regular on the line ups of both Bayern Munich and the German National Team. At the moment, Gnabry has looked like a player reborn ever since his departure from England and returned to his native country. He has scored a couple of goals in this season’s UEFA Champions League, following an emphatic 7-2 win over Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the group stage. He netted four goals in that glorious evening and also scored twice against Chelsea in the round of 16. From the way he is progressing season after season, he is a potential Ballon d’Or winner soon.

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