Serge Gnabry has exceeded expectations at Bayern Munich after establishing himself as a regular in the first-team. The former Arsenal forward spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim in and was expected to be a bit part player for Bayern this season. But injuries to Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman have allowed him to establish his position.
The AFP reports that club President Uli Hoeness has been surprised by how good the 23-year-old has been. "We thought 'let's get him back here and see if he can play in the odd game'," he said in an interview with Kicker Magazine. "Now he is a first-team regular, is great fun to watch and is the biggest surprise of the season, in a positive sense."
After joining Arsenal from Stuttgart at the age of 16 in 2011 he managed to break into the first team a few years later. But his progress was soon stalled by a serious knee injury which kept him out for a year as well as a failed loan spell at West Brom on his return.
After leaving Arsenal in 2016 he managed to resurrect his career with Werder Bremen before being signed by Bayern Munich.
The former Arsenal forward has now scored nine goals and has five assists in 26 Bundesliga Appearances this season. Only Robert Lewandowski has contributed more offensively for the German Champions in the same period.
Gnabry is now seen by many as a successor to senior players such as Robben and Frank Ribery who are coming to end of their end of their careers. Both players are legends of the club and if Gnabry can contribute half of what those two have given during the last decade, then Bayern fans will be in for a treat over the coming years.