It can be tough in professional sports to change people’s opinions of your ability. Once someone writes you off, your reputation may never recover. German forward Serge Gnabry was once hailed a future star, but after being deemed not good enough for the Premier League, he is now thriving in Germany and the Champions League. This is how Gnabry proved all of his doubters wrong.
Starting at Arsenal
As a teenager Gnabry stood out from his peers, and English Premier League team Arsenal, who were renowned for nurturing young talent, signed him. Gnabry impressed while playing for Arsenal reserves, and it was only a matter of time before he was given his senior debut by the then-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He made his first-team debut during the 2012-13 season, but only had one appearance. The following season was meant to be his breakout, but again ended in disappointment as Gnabry only made nine appearances.
Going to WBA
Something wasn’t clicking for the young star, and a change of scenery was thought to be the best plan for the 2015-16 season. That’s when Gnabry signed for West Bromwich Albion on loan. However, this proved to be a disastrous time for the German star. He only made one appearance while with West Bromwich Albion. It seemed as though the talented youngster was unable to make the step up to senior level soccer.
There was no denying Gnabry was talented, but the problem seemed to be finding a way to get that talent to come out in big games. His time in England came to an end in 2016, and at the age of 20, he returned home to Germany to sign for Werder Bremen. When back in more familiar surroundings, Gnabry began to find his feet and had a decent season with Bremen, which earned him a loan to 1899 Hoffenheim. His loan to Hoffenheim came after he signed for German champions Bayern Munich, who sent him to their competitors to develop for another season.
Life with the champions
Since moving to Bayern Munich, Gnabry has become a Bundesliga champion while also representing his nation in international soccer. He is shining brightly every time he plays, and even managed to go back to England to prove all of his doubters wrong during the 2019-20 Champions League. Gnabry played against Tottenham Hotspur in London, managing to score four goals against his old team’s fierce rivals.
That wasn’t all though, and in the same season, Gnabry returned to London in the last-16 round of the Champions League to take on Chelsea. He once again showed everyone in England why they should never have doubted him as he scored two goals to give Bayern Munich a comfortable victory over Chelsea. The German star is now also an integral part of his national side, scoring nine goals in just eight international games in 2019.
Life is good for Gnabry, and if ever he’s in bad form, all he has to do is look to his past for inspiration. He overcame adversity to prove to his old coaches who doubted him that he really was a superstar after all.