Serge Gnabry Has Had An Incredible Change In Fortunes In Four Years
What a difference four years can make. In 2015, Serge Gnabry was sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion in the hope of getting regular game-time and therefore giving him a better chance of working his way into the Arsenal side.
It did not happen. The German winger played a total of 137 minutes, including a cameo against Chelsea in the Premier League and two appearances n the League Cup
Tony Pulis, manager at the time, did not believe that Gnabry was equipped for the demands for regular Premier League football and explained why he wasn't getting a look-in beyond September.
"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," Pulis told the Express & Star newspaper back in October 2015.
"He's come from academy football and not played much league football -- does academy football really prepare players for league football? And we're talking about Premier League football here.
"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."
Gnabry's loan spell was cut short in January 2016 but fast forward three years and the 23-year old has just been named Bayern Munich's Player of the Season after scoring 13 times and laying on seven assists as the Bavarians won the league and cup double.
The news prompted his former Arsenal teammate Hector Bellerin to have a sarcastic, cheeky dig at Pulis on Twitter.
Those comments from Pulis have really not aged well. Gnabry tore it up at Werder Bremen after joining in a £5 million move, scoring 11 in 27 games for the club in 2016/17 before Bayern snapped him up for a dirt cheap €8 million.
He continued his ascension on loan at Hoffenheim, where he scored 10 in 26, before establishing himself as one of Bayern's key players under Niko Kovac.
Wing wizards Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery may have gone but with Gnabry electric as ever, Bayern should be just fine on the flanks.