Serge Gnabry

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Serge Gnabry
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Gnabry with Germany U21s in 2016
Personal information
Full name Serge David Gnabry[1]
Date of birth (1995-07-14) 14 July 1995 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Stuttgart, Germany
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 29
Youth career
1999–2000 TSV Weissach
2000–2001 GSV Hemmingen
2001–2003 TSF Ditzingen
2003–2005 SpVgg Feuerbach
2005–2006 Stuttgarter Kickers
2006–2011 VfB Stuttgart
2011–2012 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Arsenal 10 (1)
2015–2016 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 1 (0)
2016–2017 Werder Bremen 27 (11)
National team
2010–2011 Germany U16 5 (1)
2011–2012 Germany U17 12 (3)
2013 Germany U18 2 (3)
2013 Germany U19 5 (3)
2015– Germany U21 12 (4)
2016 Germany Olympic 6 (6)
2016– Germany 2 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:25, 24 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:35, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Serge David Gnabry (German pronunciation: [sɛɐ̯ʃ n(j)abʀiː], French: [sɛʁʒ ɲabʁi]; born 14 July 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a winger for Werder Bremen and the Germany national team.

Gnabry started his career in England with Arsenal in the Premier League, making his professional debut in September 2012. He also had a brief spell on loan with West Bromwich Albion before moving back to Germany to join Werder Bremen for a reported fee of £5 million in August 2016.

After appearing for Germany at various youth levels, Gnabry made his senior international debut in November 2016 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against San Marino. He scored a hat-trick in the 8–0 win.

Early life[edit]

Gnabry was born in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg to an Ivorian father and a German mother.[3][4] In his youth, Gnabry was a talented sprinter but ultimately chose football over athletics.[5]

Club career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Gnabry's former club VfB Stuttgart agreed a £100,000 deal with Premier League side Arsenal in 2010, but he had to wait until 2011, when he was 16, to join the English side.[6][7] Gnabry officially joined Arsenal for the 2011–12 season. He played for the under-18s for the majority of the season but was then promoted to the reserves after impressive displays.[8] By the end of the season, Gnabry had played six games, scoring two goals.[8]

2012–13 season[edit]

Gnabry in action for Arsenal U21s in 2012

The 2012–13 season started off well for Gnabry after he was called up to the Arsenal first team for a pre-season friendly against FC Köln. He played 24 minutes after coming on at half-time and was replaced by Marouane Chamakh in the 69th minute.[9] He then made his professional first-team debut for Arsenal on 26 September 2012 against Coventry City in the League Cup as a 72nd-minute substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Arsenal routed Coventry 6–1.[10] On 20 October 2012, he made his Premier League debut in the 1–0 defeat against Norwich City at Carrow Road. At 17 years and 98 days, he became Arsenal's second-youngest player in the league's history after Jack Wilshere.[11] Four days later, he made his Champions League debut, coming on as a substitute in Arsenal's 2–0 home loss to FC Schalke 04.[12]

On 25 March 2013, Gnabry scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over CSKA Moscow U19s in the quarter-finals of the NextGen Series.[13] He scored a late equaliser against Chelsea U19s to make it 3–3 in the semi-finals of the same competition, before Arsenal lost 4–3 in extra time.[14] In the following game on 8 April, Gnabry scored a goal against Liverpool U21s in an eventual 3–2 away defeat.[15]

2013–14 season[edit]

In the first game of the 2013–14 season, Gnabry was included in Arsenal's first-team squad against Aston Villa and started the game on the bench.[16] He then made his first start for the club on 22 September 2013 in the Premier League against Stoke City after Theo Walcott was ruled out just before kick-off. He played 73 minutes before being subbed out for Ryo Miyaichi as Arsenal won the match 3–1.[17] He scored his first professional goal in the next league match against Swansea City to lead Arsenal to a 2–1 victory and leave them top of the Premier League table.[18] On 26 October, he won a penalty away at Crystal Palace in an eventual 2–0 victory for Arsenal.[19] Gnabry's impressive start to the season resulted in a nomination for the 2013 Golden Boy Award,[20] and a new five-year contract with Arsenal.[21]

2014–15 season[edit]

Gnabry playing for Arsenal U21s in April 2015

Gnabry missed most of the 2014–15 season due to a serious knee injury which kept him away from the first team for over a year.[22] However, he captained and played 65 minutes for the Arsenal U21s as they beat Newcastle United U21s 2–1 in February 2015.[23]

Loan to West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 7 August 2015, Gnabry joined West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan to gain first-team experience.[24] He made his debut as a substitute in a 3–2 defeat to Chelsea on 23 August 2015.[25] In January, he was recalled from his loan after lacking first-team action at West Brom.[26]

Werder Bremen[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Gnabry signed for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for a reported transfer fee of £5 million.[27][28] Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger had wanted to extend Gnabry's contract at Arsenal before his move, but a lack of first-team opportunities meant that the midfielder sought a move elsewhere.[29][30]

He scored his first goal for Werder Bremen on 17 September 2016 in a 4–1 away loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach.[31]

On 8 June 2017, Werder Bremen announced that Gnabry had activated the release contract in his contract and would be leaving at the end of the month. In his single season at the club, he made 27 league appearances scoring 8 goals while Werder Bremen finished 8th in the Bundesliga.[32]

Bayern Munich[edit]

On 11 June 2017, Bayern Munich announced the signing of Gnabry on a three-year deal after activating a clause in his contract with Werder Bremen.[33]

International career[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

Gnabry has represented Germany at various youth levels, including under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels.[5] On 22 March 2013, he scored a brace for Germany U18s in a 3–2 defeat to France U18s.

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

Gnabry playing for the Germany Olympic team in August 2016

On 15 July 2016, Germany selected Gnabry to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games.[34] On 4 August, he started for Germany against Mexico and scored Germany's first goal after 58 minutes in a 2–2 draw with Mexico.[35] Three days later, he tripled his tally by putting two past South Korea, the second being a stoppage time free kick that helped Germany salvage a point in a 3–3 draw.[36] On 10 August, Gnabry contributed two more goals in a 10–0 defeat of Fiji.[37] In Germany's quarter-final match against Portugal, he scored his sixth goal of the tournament just before half-time as Germany prevailed with a 4–0 win.[38] He ended the tournament as the joint top scorer along with his teammate Nils Petersen,[39] helping Germany to win the silver medal.[40]

Senior team[edit]

On 4 November 2016, Gnabry received his first call-up to the German senior team.[41] Seven days later, he scored three goals on his debut in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against San Marino in an 8–0 away win.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 20 May 2017[43][44]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2012–13 Premier League 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
2013–14 Premier League 9 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 14 1
2014–15 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10 1 2 0 3 0 3 0 18 1
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2015–16 Premier League 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Werder Bremen 2016–17 Bundesliga 27 11 0 0 27 11
Career total 38 12 2 0 5 0 3 0 48 12

International[edit]

As of match played 15 November 2016[45]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Germany 2016 2 3
Total 2 3

International goals[edit]

Germany score listed first, score column indicates score after each Gnabry goal.[44]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 November 2016 San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, San Marino 1  San Marino 2–0 8–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 4–0
3 6–0

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Germany

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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