Serge Gnabry admits it was the hardest yet the rightest decision to leave his childhood club.
Well, Arsenal have set a record of producing some of the best talents in the football world. This also includes current Bayern star Serge Gnabry who came through Arsenal’s academy. At the age of 17, he made his professional debut in September 2012 for Arsenal. Thus became the youngest player in the Premier League history following the great Jack Wilshere.
The German professional believed that though it was one of the hardest decisions to exit Premier League giants Arsenal back in 2016 but it was the righteous one and he regrets nothing about it.
Due to a lack of first-team opportunities at the Emirates, he decided to head towards West Bromwich Albion to gain sufficient first-team experience on a season-long loan deal.
In the year 2016, Gnabry finally managed to make a brave move away from Arsenal to the Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for a reported fee of £5m. Although Arsene Wenger was in favour of extending his contract but due to limited first-team opportunities he ended moving to Bundesliga side.
In 2017, he was announced as a signing of Bayern but initially, he was sent on a long year loan at Hoffenheim. As for now, he has established himself as one of the star players of Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. He is involved in the first-team picture at the Allianz Arena.
According to an article on the Bundesliga’s official website. He said in an interview,
“Arsenal] had so many wingers at the time – [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain], [Tomas] Rosicky, Theo [Walcott], [Santi] Cazorla, Alexis [Sanchez], Mesut Ozil – so I just had to go.
I was still confident I could’ve have got in the team but I didn’t want to wait. I didn’t want to be fourth or fifth choice any longer.
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 would be coming up against their familiar foes Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League. Bayern’s are looking forward to making it two wins in a row after defeating Crvena Zvezda last time out.
They have been the dominating ones, having bagged the Bundesliga title in the past seven seasons. But when it comes to winning the continental title, Bayern hasn’t tasted success since 2013 but Gnabry hopes they can also amend it this season.
He further added,
Before I arrived, they [Bayern] were almost always in the last four, They played better than their opponents but were unable to win it.
Last year we had a very young team with me, Niklas [Sule], Joshua [Kimmich]. But our goal is always to compete at the highest level, and we have the potential to do that.
Have we got a better team now? I don’t know. [Philippe] Coutinho, Ivan [Perisic], Lucas [Hernandez] and Benji [Benjamin Parvard] have all come in, and have all played at the highest level.
We need to be strong mentally to beat the top teams. We’ll see how far along we are against Spurs.”
Serge Gnabry has endured several hardships to become one of the most exciting players for Bayern Munich. He had potential from a very young age but if he could turn it into greatness was doubtful. At the age of 24, he has managed to earn the biggest trophies and has become an important Bayern player.