The Gnabry who is set to feature against Arsenal in the early hours of Thursday morning in LA will be a player transformed compared to the one who left the Emirates just three years ago.
The winger joined Werder Bremen from Arsenal in 2016 for just £5m following a disastrous loan-spell at West Brom which was supposed to last the whole of the 2015/16 season but was terminated prematurely in the January.
Serge Gnabry has developed into a fine player at Bayern Munich since joining the club
A lack of action during his time at Arsenal made Gnabry want to move on and make a fresh start elsewhere.
Gnabry was handed just three appearances by then boss Tony Pulis, the last in September, with the Baggies manager saying: ‘Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games.’
‘He’s come from academy football and not played much league football.
‘As a manager you pick a team that’s going to win a game of football.
‘You pick your best team, you don’t leave people out because you don’t like them, because of this, that and the other.’
Fast forward to last season and Gnabry was deemed good enough to feature regularly for giants Bayern, inspire them to a double, win their player of the season award and cement his place in the German squad.
Niko Kovac thinks Gnabry’s example shows a plays needs to go back before stepping forward
Gnabry struggled on loan at West Brom but accelerated his development in the Bundesliga
His former Arsenal teammate Hector Bellerin responded to Gnabry’s recognition by tweeting: ‘Not good enough to play for West Brom though! Congrats my bro, always knew you were the best.’
Reflecting on Gnabry’s rise ahead of Bayern’s ICC Cup friendly against Arsenal, Kovac said: ‘It is hard for young players, he was young when he went to the UK, England to play for Arsenal and it is a strong league so for any young player it is difficult to prevail and to make it in such a strong league but this is what you have to go through.
‘I think he has had a positive development. Everyone can see that. But sometimes for younger players it is better first to do a step back, going to Bremen and then Hoffenheim [on loan from Bayern] and then to us, than to do two steps ahead.
‘To be stronger, return even stronger and this is I think a normal process of a young player, what he should go through but we can see he has had a great development and he has increased and has been showing great performances since then.’
Gnabry is expected to line up against his former side against the Gunners on Thursday
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