Serge Gnabry goal stats will make Arsenal fans weep and frighten Tottenham vs Bayern Munich in the Champions

Serge Gnabry goal stats will make Arsenal fans weep and frighten Tottenham vs Bayern Munich in the Champions
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Arsenal must regret selling Serge Gnabry.

The Premier League side got a measly £5million for him when they sold him to Werder Bremen in 2015.

Now the 24-year-old is a regular starter for Germany and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Serge Gnabry played an integral role in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title triumph last season

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Serge Gnabry played an integral role in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title triumph last season

And 2019 has been a productive year for Gnabry, who has been directly involved in 12 Bundesliga goals, scoring seven and assisting five.

Only his Bayern team-mate, Robert Lewandowski with 24 goals, has been involved in more.

Gnabry will hope his form continues against Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The winger came through the ranks at Arsenal, but failed to establish himself in Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans.

In an attempt to improve his playing time, he joined West Brom on loan ahead of the 2015/16 season.

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However, his temporary move turned into a nightmare, with Baggies boss Tony Pulis handing him just 12 minutes of top-flight football and claiming he was not ‘at the level’ to play in the Premier League.

Gnabry told The Times: “Different style, different opinions. I can’t say too much but I tried my best at West Brom.

“I was fit and hoping to play and was told I would be getting a lot of game time.

“I spoke to the manager before [going] and worked hard but it didn’t work out.”

When asked if his failed loan spell at West Brom affected the way Arsenal chiefs viewed him, Gnbary said: “For sure. The question came up.

“It didn’t look good when I didn’t play at West Brom. But looking back I can say, ‘I don’t know why’.

Tony Pulis was not a fan of Serge Gnabry

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Tony Pulis was not a fan of Serge Gnabry

“I’m sure I have proved to everyone [that the doubts were wrong].”

Gnabry returned to Arsenal in January 2016, before sealing a permanent transfer to Werder Bremen at the end of the season.

Wenger was allegedly happy to sell him, despite the reluctance from chief scout Steve Rowley.

Gnabry added: “Arsenal had so many wingers at the time – Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain], [Tomas] Rosicky, Theo [Walcott], [Santi] Cazorla, Alexis [Sanchez], Mesut Ozil – so I just had to go, sadly.

“I was still confident I could have got in the team but I didn’t want to wait.

“It was the hardest decision I had to make in football, leaving a club like Arsenal – the fans, the players – but to keep playing I had to take a step back and it was the right decision.”

Gnabry’s form for Werder Bremen in the 2016/17 campaign earned him his career-changing move to Bayern Munich in 2017.

He played an integral role in Bayern’s seventh successive Bundesliga title triumph last season.

Now he is aiming to silence what is likely to be a hostile atmosphere at White Hart Lane.


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“I’m not really bothered about [the reception],” he said. “Yes, I’ve played for Arsenal, but this is a new game. I’m here with Bayern Munich now and I’m going to give my best,” adding the pace and trickery of the club’s wide men will be key.

“It’s is not going to be easy, but our game is a lot about wingers with a lot of speed, so we’re hoping, of course, to bring our game and exploit the spaces they have.”

And waiting for service in the middle will be Robert Lewandowski, who has 10 goals in six league games this season.