Serge Gnabry discusses his time at Arsenal and becoming the youngest German player in Champions League history

Serge Gnabry returns to Arsenal on Tuesday night when Bayern Munich face Mikel Arteta’s high-flying Gunners in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg.

The German attacker joined Arsenal from Stuttgart in July 2011 but would play just 18 games across all competitions before leaving the London club for Werder Bremen in 2016 following a six-month loan spell at West Brom in August 2015.

During his time at Arsenal, Gnabry became the youngest German player in Champions League history at the time prior to being loaned out to West Brom. Speaking via the club’s website, the 28-year-old looked back on his time in England.

“That time had a huge impact on me. Daring to leave my familiar surroundings at 16 was a huge step, both on a personal and footballing level. Playing for a club like Arsenal was a great privilege at the time. Of course there were ups and downs, but I enjoyed my time there and got to know a lot of fantastic people. In the end, it was the right decision,” said Gnabry.

Serge Gnabry since returning from injury

Gnabry is part of the Bayern Munich squad that travelled to London on Monday following their final training session. Since returning to the squad after missing 11 games across all competitions, the German is in excellent form with three goals and one assist in his last four Bundesliga games.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder


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