Serge Gnabry’s four goals in Bayern Munich’s recent 7-2 victory at Tottenham was just the latest demonstration of why it is the talented 24-year-old’s reputation continues to grow. As consistent a figure for Bayern as he is with Germany, perhaps even the Arsenal supporters most relishing those goals against their rivals would have done so with a sense of regret. Aged 21, he was allowed to leave their club for Werder Bremen for only £4.25m, and having spent much of the previous season barely featuring while on loan at West Brom; once, Arsenal would have been considered the perfect environment for his undoubted potential.
It took only a year at Bremen for Bayern to be sufficiently impressed that they paid a similarly inexpensive £7m to sign him permanently, before loaning him to Hoffenheim to work under the respected Julian Nagelsmann for the following campaign. He returned for 2018/19 – a season Bayern often found difficult as they underwent a transition – and impressed to such an extent as they won the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and German Supercup, that his six assists and 13 goals in 42 appearances meant he was voted the supporters’ player of the season, and he has since continued to impress.